For about a decade, the board of directors and chief of the Indian Lake EMS Joint Ambulance District eked their way along, doing little more than the bare minimum year-after-year to remain in acceptable standing with state auditors.
From its inception, state auditors have cited the EMS district for spending money that it either could not or chose not to show it had in the bank.
“Since the district’s board did not adopt an appropriations resolution in 2006 and 2007, all expenditures, in the amount of $361,921 and $260,952, respectively, exceeded appropriations. The failure to adopt appropriations increases the risk of deficit spending by the district,” reads a 2006-2007 state of Ohio audit of the Indian Lake EMS financials.
Again in the 2008-2009 audit cycle, the EMS district was cited for spending money before demonstrating it had the funds in the bank.
Citing Ohio Revised Code, the audit report from ’08-’09 reads, “…no subdivision shall make any contract or give any ordering any expenditure of money unless a certificate signed by the fiscal officer is attached thereto.”
- Written by NATE SMITH