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Despite contracting with WIPFLI, independent contractor

The Glacier County Commissioners were surprised to learn at their meeting last week none of the 11 county cash reconciliation reports submitted to the Montana Department of Administration for FY 2019-20 was reconciled. Chief Financial Officer Chancy Kittson was asked to attend the June 25 Commissioner meeting to provide updates on the county’s financial status.

The Cut Bank Pioneer Press and Glacier Reporter submitted several questions to Kittson prior to the meeting. Kittson answered some of the questions, to varying degrees, during the hour-long presentation. 

Kittson did not address the questions dealing with the county’s monthly cash reconciliation reports:

•Were any of the monthly cash reconciliations sent to the State of Montana for the Months of July 2019 through May 2020 accepted as reconciled? 

•If not, which ones are county officials and the contracted WIPFLI employee still trying to reconcile?

Following Kittson’s presentation, the Commissioners were asked the status of the county’s reconciled cash reports.

Chairman Michael Des-Rosier stated the Commissioners “don’t always hear right away” if the reports have been accepted by State officials. “We have gotten some that are okay; but not all have been accepted by the State,” he added.

The commissioners were informed that according to Amber Conger, Communications Director for the Department of Administration to date, none of the reports to date have been accepted.

“We received a May cash reconciliation from the county, which does not reconcile. It is our understanding, however, they are working with their contractor to correct their cash reconciliations from July 1, 2019 through the current month. Once those have been completed they will be resubmitting the revised reconciliations to the State,” informed Conger.

Commissioners DesRosier, Tom McKay and John Overcast said they were not aware none of the reconciliations had been accepted. 

“It’s kind of frustrating on my part,” said Overcast.

Glacier County has entered into contracts with an independent contractor and WIPFLI, the county’s auditor, to assist the Treasurer Don Wilson, CFO Chancy Kittson and Clerk and Recorder Mandi Kennerly with reconciliations and other needed services.

•WIPFLI has been paid $22,850 for contract services with the Treasurer’s Office for the period November 2019 through March 2020.

•Magda Nelson has been paid $20,261.25 for contract services assisting the Treasurer’s Office, Clerk and Recorder’s Office and CFO for the period May 2019-May 2020. 

CFO Kittson is paid an annual wage of $108,160 and Wilson is paid approximately $48,640 annually to perform the duties of Treasurer.

(Editor’s Note: CFO Kittson provided some updates on the status of the transferring of School District No. 9’s funds. See story on page 6.

Also discussed by Kittson were the county’s audit, purchasing policy and possible leasing of Glacier County EMS to Northern Rockies Medical Center. Members of the public also asked questions about the status of the weed department and county library and museum. See next week’s issue for more on those issues.)

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