Richmond creates procedure for deposits, awaits audit
The Richmond City Council met to discuss bookkeeping issues to prepare the city for an upcoming audit along with other business related items Tuesday in the Community Center.
Judge Beth Skidmore, Richmond city judge, attended the meeting to discuss a serious matter that council members are overlooking. It is the duty of the city treasurer to deposit all city money, which includes money the court receives for traffic violations and court fees.
"The law says that court money must be banked in a timely manner and the court must get a receipt for that money," said Skidmore.
Skidmore said that this issue is serious since the city is expecting auditors sometime next week and all court money is not accounted for because the treasurer has failed to give the court receipts for all deposits.
The issue was resolved by designating a specific time for deposits and a specific place for receipts. The treasurer will deposit all court money every Thursday and immediately write a receipt for the money and deliver the receipt when the bank envelope is returned to the court.
Representatives from various city establishments including the fire department, maintenance department, and the sheriff¹s office were in attendance at the meeting to give quarterly reports to the council. The reports were accepted and all representatives were reminded to keep records of all employee or volunteer hours, rate of pay, etc., for the upcoming audit in case they are needed.