The Ronda commissioners on June 8 unanimously approved hiring a Greensboro-based CPA fire to conduct audits on the town’s finances for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The audit agreement is with Bernard Robinson & Co. LLP. The town is paying the company $15,000 per year.

Ronda received a warning from the N.C. Local Government Commission in November for not submitting audit reports for fiscal 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. The state treasurer’s office said the town was given 30 days to show it was correcting the issues by hiring someone to complete and file the audits. The LGC is a division of the state treasurer’s office.

The state treasurer’s office said later that the LGC still hadn’t received Ronda’s audit reports for 2018-19 and 2019-20, in addition to Ronda’s report for 2017-18.

Michael Boaz, Ronda’s part-time finance director, said all of Ronda’s audits have been completed now except for those to be done by Bernard Robinson & Co. LLP.

Boaz attributed the town’s late audit report to problems experienced by the company doing the audits, Rives & Associates. Boaz said Rives & Associates had a lot of internal issues. “They had a partner go to prison and they changed the name of the company.”

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