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CCNO Financial Overview Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015   

A recent audit of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio will result in no findings and no recommendations as was told during Wednesday’s meeting of the CCNO financial overview committee.

CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said an independent CPA firm out of Toledo just completed CCNO’s fiscal audit as required by the State of Ohio.  The results included no findings and no recommendations.  The full written report is expected next week.  He said this makes the fifth audit of CCNO finances over the past 10 years in which there have been no findings and no recommendations.

The report comes after Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson recently requested in writing for an audit of CCNO’s finances.

Adam Loukx, Toledo law department director, still asked that a comprehensive audit be conducted of 2015 records as the recent audit involved 2014 records.  He said recent anomalies are prompting the city’s request, adding that the city is not accusing any wrong doing but only requesting additional information.  Those anomalies involve the City of Toledo and Lucas County over who is responsible to pay for the incarceration of offenders and Toledo paying its fourth quarter bill.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken said the city is not looking for an audit but for information in regards to who is responsible to pay for charges in the over usage of beds at CCNO.  He said the city is alleging that overage payments are owed to CCNO but he believes that Lucas County has paid its obligations in full.

Committee members were informed that there are outstanding invoices for more than one jurisdiction but the purpose of Wednesday’s meetings was to review the proposed 2016 operating budget.  Those present were advised that a financial report is issued every two months for board meetings and that any requests for information will be honored.

Williams County Commissioner Al Word said CCNO continues to be stuck in the middle.

A motion to recommend an audit of 2015 finances was defeated by a five to one vote.  The City of Toledo voted in favor of the motion.

Another motion – demanding that City of Toledo make its final payment by Oct. 30 – resulted in a lack of majority vote with a 3-to-3 vote.  The City of Toledo still has pending a payment of $299,920 for the remainder of 2015.

Committee members discussed increasing funding to the CCNO reserve account.  The committee agreed to refer to matter to the entire CCNO board for discussion at its Oct. 28 meeting.

Members did support a recommendation for an additional per diem rate of $1.25 to finance the capital improvement fund for 2016 which is expected to generate $291,088.

Members supported the draft 2016 operating budget totaling $16.77 million, a 4.8 percent increase.  Also approved was the 2016 Electronic Monitoring budget which is funded by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as well as fees charged to participants.  Members were told the program has an average of 130 participants per day to include pretrial offenders from the City of Toledo.  Both budgets now go to the CCNO board for final approval.

Members approved the emergency repair of a hot water line estimated at $20,000 as well as $9,000 to have the National Commission of Correctional Health Care assess the CCNO substance abuse programs and policies.

Members met in executive session for 19 minutes to discuss labor negotiations.  No action was taken.


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