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6331 - Audit of Expenditures

In order to expedite the payment of claims, the board may authorize the issuance of warrants prior to board action approving the claims as long as all the following conditions are met:

  1. The auditing officer(s) and the superintendent shall each be required to furnish an official bond for the faithful discharge of their duties in an amount determined by the board, but not less than $50,000;
  2. The Board shall adopt contracting, hiring, purchasing, and disbursing policies that implement effective internal control;
  3. The Board shall provide for its review of the documentation supporting claims paid and for its approval of all warrants issued in payment of claims at its next regularly scheduled meeting; and
  4. The Board shall require that if, upon review, it disapproves some claims, the auditing officer(s) and the superintendent shall jointly cause the disapproved claims to be recognized as receivables of the District and to pursue collection diligently until the amounts disapproved are collected or until the Board is satisfied and approves the claims.

After each meeting at which payments are approved, the president of the Board and the superintendent shall sign the certificate authorizing the county treasurer to pay the warrants for approved expenditures.

The certificate shall specify the date, number, name, amount, and fund on which each warrant is to be drawn, and the certificate shall be transmitted promptly to the county treasurer.

All accounts shall be externally audited in the manner provided by law.

As part of the state auditor’s regular financial audit, it will review the district’s expenditures to ensure they are in compliance with RCW 28A.150.276, the statute that limits the district’s use of local revenues to supplementing the state’s basic education program.

Within 30 days of receiving the auditor’s findings, the board will hold a public hearing to review the findings.



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Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.330.230 Drawing and issuance of warrants
  • RCW 28A.350.040 Auditor to draw and issue warrants-Second class districts
  • RCW 28A.320.245 Responses to audit findings on use of local revenues