Westville board: Audit will bring scrutiny to expenditures

Westville board: Audit will bring scrutiny to expenditures

WESTVILLE — Village officials approved an audit of the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday, but said  they plan to keep a closer watch on expenditures in the future.

The Westville Village Board heard a report from Phyllis Parks of Daughhetee & Parks Management Consulting of Danville on the audit of the village's 2013 fiscal year.. All told, the village outspent its revenues by about $160,000 between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.

The village outspent its budget significantly in its water department during that time, repairing broken water lines.. But the village also spent significantly more on supplies, utilities and insurance benefits than expected.

Village Treasurer Mike Larson said the board has already taken action to address the high cost of maintaining its water lines by raising the water rates charged to customers by $1 per 1,000 gallons of water used each month, starting in January 2014.

Mayor Mike Weese said he also wanted to follow up on the supplies purchased during fiscal year 2013, and agreed with board members that more oversigh tfor purchasing was needed to try to keep expenditures in line with the budgets.

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