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Hunterdon County finances receive clean audit for sixth year in a row

 Strong Financial Controls Pay Dividends For Taxpayers

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County’s Board of Commissioners recently received the 2020 independent audit that again certified county financial record keeping as ‘clean’ for a record sixth consecutive year.

Commissioner Matt Holt, liaison to the Finance Department, said, “Each year when the independent auditing firm releases its findings on county finances, we speak about the outstanding finance and accounting controls that have been put in place. This is not rhetoric. It is fact, proven out by the audit for an incredible six straight years. Through hard work and determination, the county has made itself a model of government finance.”

“Careful control over where the taxpayers’ dollars are spent is a vital component of the strategy that has helped this Board establish a freeze in the tax rate for the last three years, a budget that is less than the one 12 years ago, and no debt,” Holt said.

The independent audit of county finances for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 have regularly found no material findings and no issues of non-compliance, and that county financial records have been maintained in accordance with accounting principles, according to the audit document submitted by the Wiss accounting firm.

Board Director Susan J. Soloway said, “To have an independent auditor make a determination of a clean audit one time is usually a cause for celebration. To have those findings made for six consecutive years is simply beyond excellent. When I joined this Board in 2019, I said I believe tax dollars are precious, and must be used effectively, efficiently, and sparingly.”

“The finance record and conservative philosophy of this Board, the controls that are in place, the ability to track spending, all of it, certified once again by the independent auditor, have helped me to keep that pledge to the taxpayers over the past three years,” Soloway said.

The Commissioners congratulated County CFO Janet Previte, and all the Department Heads and others involved in the finance, payroll, purchasing, and budgeting process for the clean audit accomplishment for the sixth year.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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