Auditors uncovered some problems with the way Kalispell officials documented credit card purchases. An accounting firm said employees made $2,000 worth of charges in April and May and didn't provide original receipts.
City Manager Doug Russell said the problem is simple - workers just forgot to keep and attach receipts. The city now has those original receipts and also has safeguards in place to prevent any foul play.
Russell also told our team he will use the audit to remind departments to "Cross their T's and dot their I's" when it comes to reporting purchases used with public funds.
"Whenever you mention credit cards it brings up red flags, and rightfully so," said Russell. "When you're dealing with public funds you want to make sure everything is documented and as thoroughly as possible. So that's the push we'll take - whatever the reasons were let's make sure it doesn't happen again."
The lack of original receipts was the only discrepancy found in the financial audit that was released on December 31.