Edmonds Public Facilities District receives clean audit from state

The Edmonds Public Facilities District has received a clean financial audit from the Washington State Auditor, following a review of the agency’s financial statements.

The facilities district (EPFD) is the independent municipal corporation that owns and operates Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). The EPFD Board works with a separate not-for-profit ECA board of 20 members to oversee maintenance and operations of the center.

The report was issued in August 2019 by the office of State Auditor Pat McCarthy and covers the period from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. It found no deficiencies in the facilities district’s internal controls and no material misstatements related to its compliance with laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements.

“We are pleased and proud of the results of our FY 2018 Washington State Audit,” said Edmonds Center for the Arts Executive Director Joe McIalwain. We received no findings and no management letters.”

A year ago, the auditor’s office issued one finding for the district’s fiscal year 2017 audit. It said the district’s monitoring and internal controls over procurement for architectural and engineering services were inadequate when it came to ensuring compliance with its own policies, as well as with state law.

This finding was related to procedures the district followed when it awarded a contract for a roof replacement project.

In its finding, the auditor’s office recommended action steps for the district to follow to ensure its compliance with its own purchasing policies as well as state law.

McIalwain said that the district’s accounting and operations staff “deserve tremendous credit for their hard work, and for making improvements based on recommendations from the prior year.

“I am also extremely proud of our organization’s constantly improving policies and procedures, internal controls, governance and oversight,” McIalwain said. “After 12 years of operation, and after emerging from the impact of the Great Recession on our newly formed organization, we have become stronger in each of these areas.”


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