Pennington officials get good grades from auditor

Records maintained by the finance office were found to be in good condition

By John Tredrea
   Pennington Borough Council members praised borough employees after accepting a 2004 audit and voting unanimously Dec. 27 to implement a corrective action plan of one item.
   Councilman Weed Tucker said "good work" by borough employees was key to the audit’s having only one corrective action item, which he and other borough officials termed minor. It pertains to use of purchase order forms.
   Borough Clerk Betty Sterling, Administrator Eugene Dunworth and Tax Collector Irene Billings were cited by Mr. Tucker and Mayor Jim Loper for having done an "exemplary job" during 2004 — a job that led to what they termed the successful audit.
   State law requires each New Jersey municipality to have itself audited by an independent firm each year, to formally accept that firm’s report and act on corrective action plans as needed.
   The borough’s auditor is Robert Morrison, based in Highland Park.
   Among his positive comments in the report accepted by Borough Council Dec. 27 were that the "the records maintained by the finance office were found to be in good condition," as were the records pertaining to payroll, tax office and the Municipal Court.