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Phone: 360.337.4598


Date: December 11, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 06-100

Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Tightens Financial Operating Procedures

PORT ORCHARD, WA—In response to a recommendations issued by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, the Kitsap County Facilities, Parks and Recreation Department made several procedural changes to its financial operations during the 2006 Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. Based on the auditor’s findings:

·         Ticket reconciliation was performed immediately following the 2006 fair to ensure accurate accounting of all admission tickets.

·         Bank statements were maintained in the Treasurer’s Office and made available for viewing by auditor.

·         Accounting records were better organized and consolidated in one single location.

·         Staff was trained to ensure all Cash Transmittal Receipt forms were properly completed, signed and transmitted to the Treasurer’s Office within two days of the close of the fair.

While the fair complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in most areas the auditor examined, the auditor found the department needed to tighten internal controls over cash receipts. Over the past ten years, several other county fairs, including Chelan, Columbia, Franklin, Pacific, San Juan and Skagit, have undergone similar audits, and weaknesses were also found in their internal controls over financial operations.

“In response to the audit finding, our Facilities, Parks & Recreation Department has taken the necessary steps to tighten internal controls over financial operations to adequately safeguard public assets,” said Cris Gears, County Administrator. “We will continue to work closely with the county Treasurer and Auditor to ensure our fair staff adheres to the county’s Cash Handling Guide.”

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014