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Monday, September 16, 2013

Document: Read A 499-Page Audit of Cleveland's Finances

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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Here's some light afternoon reading for all of you: a 499-page audit of the CIty of Cleveland's finances. Submitted a few weeks ago and uploaded online by the state Auditor earlier this month, this document — prepared by Cincinnati-based Clark, Shaefer, Hackett & Co. — looks at the financial situation of the city and its departments for the entirety of 2012.

We're going through it all, but it's nearly 500 pages so we could use some more eyeballs on it. See anything noteworthy, interesting, or questionable? Is there anything in there we should look into any deeper? Let me know: leave comment on this post or send me an email at dbrown@clevescene.com and we'll take a look (if you mention something specific in there, please include the page number of the pdf, not the page number listed within the document — those are inconsistent).

Here's some information about how Cleveland collects and spends money (page 254 of the document):

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I marked some of the main sections of the audit on the right column of the DocumentCloud page (click here to view the document with the column — embedding the column with the audit on here would make the pages too small to read). If you want to download a copy of it, click on the "Original Document (PDF)" link beneath those markups. If you want to see and download other audits from around Ohio, visit the Ohio Auditor of State's audit search website (either enter the name of the agency you're looking for or select the county then sort by date on the right column).

Here's Cleveland's audit for 2012. Again, let us know if you see anything particularly interesting.

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