Township Continues CPAs-for-Auditors Change
SCHWENKSVILLE PA – In action that will follow its Jan. 6 (2020; Monday) organizational meeting at 6 p.m. in the township municipal building on Spring Mount Road, Lower Frederick’s Board of Supervisors plans to continue substituting certified public accountants for elected auditors to examine and qualify its financial records for 2020, according to a legal advertisement published Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2019).
Allowing the CPAs-for-elected-officials swap, according to the notice, is authorized under Pennsylvania’s Second-Class Township Code as amended in 1996. The law specifies the township must provide a minimum of 30 days of published advance notice before a vote is taken.
Two Democrats, Sherry B. Schweikert and Alicia Wright, won auditors’ seats in the Nov. 5 (2019) general election.
Schweikert expressed concern, in a New Years’ Eve e-mail to The Post, that the legal notice and this article would cause some to believe “there has been a change in the audit process.” That’s not the case, she noted. The township, she said, has relied on independent professional audit firms “for several years,” but is required annually to re-authorize that use.
Schweikert and Wright, she added, “still complete other office responsibilities,” and also “set the compensation of the township supervisors and can act as fiscal watchdogs” for township taxpayers.
During the organizational gathering that precedes the regular board meeting, supervisors are expected to nominate and elect members for leadership positions on the newly expanded board. The notice also reserved their right to consider and act upon “any and all matters legally before the Board.”
The back-to-back meetings are free to attend and open to the public. Anyone who, due to a disability, requires “an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings or attend” should call the township office at 610-287-8857 during regular business hours.
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