Audit takes a look at City of Vernon’s purchasing activities

Mayor Akbal Mund says the city has taken action to improve its procurement procedures.

B.C.’s auditor general for local government has released an audit on the City of Vernon’s purchase of goods and services from 2010 to 2012.

The audit states that while the city has worked to improve the procurement process, eight of 25 transactions tested showed non-compliance with city policies.

Among them were inappropriate expense approvals.

Mayor Akbal Mund says the audit covers previous administrations and the city has taken action to improve its procurement procedures.

However, while he is pleased with how purchases are handled, Mund says recommendations in the AGLG audit will be considered.

“We will look at it and there’s always room for improvement. There’s nothing wrong with an outside auditor taking a look at what you do,” he said.

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.