Mason 13 was contacted in August 2023 to schedule our first Accountability Audit. Every year we submit an annual audit assessment to the Washington State Auditor’s Office. An Accountability Audit is a much more in depth and a thorough look at an agency’s practices and policies. This audit covered the years 2020, 2021, and 2022.
This intense audit started in November of 2023 and didn’t officially conclude until February 2024 with an estimated cost charged by the State Auditor to the district of $8,000.00. Chief Loertscher and AC Donovan tackled this audit while still keeping up with normal department operations. The workload added was many hours providing the State Auditor’s Office with various requested documents and answering their questions as to Mason 13 practices. There were many meetings held and emails exchanged. Some requested documents included but were not limited to: Commissioner Meeting Minutes, employee contracts, copies of paid vouchers selected at random, and the purchase agreement for our new fire engine.
We are proud to announce that after many hours of dedication to this audit that there were zero findings in their report. The Board of Commissioners would like to extend their deepest gratitude and appreciation to Chief Loertscher and AC Donovan for their hard work on this audit. We would like to also thank our volunteer responders who helped with their continued dedication to the Mason 13 community.
Our next audit is scheduled for Fall of 2026 for an estimated amount of $9,000.00 plus travel expenses.