Cemetery audit determines 41 plots are undocumented

first_imgClark County Cemetery District 4, which maintains three cemeteries in the Amboy area, could do a little better with its bookkeeping, according to the Washington State Auditor’s Office.The auditor’s office found that the district had little or no ownership documentation for 41 plots in its cemeteries during an accountability audit from Jan. 1, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2010. Combined, the plots are worth at least $8,000.The lack of documentation could result in the loss of public money, the audit said.In addition to the lack of documents, the auditor’s office said the district sold plots in areas of the Amboy Cemetery where burials could not occur; sold plots for amounts not on the board-approved price lists; did not require payment for plots, headstones and liners when they were provided; and did not document payment arrangements.It also charged an individual twice for two plots and a former district employee was the recorded owner of eight plots, but claimed not to own any when asked for ownership documents, the audit said.The auditor’s office recommends the district’s board of commissioners establish policies and procedures to deal with sales and management of plots, make sure they have adequate oversight in district operations and seek legal counsel to determine what action to take regarding plots that were sold that cannot be used for burials.last_img read more