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Thorsby approves 2009 audit report

By Scott Mims

The Thorsby Council approved the town’s 2009 audit report Monday night.

The report, conducted by Hull & Russell, came back mostly positive, Mayor Dearl Hilyer said.

“There weren’t any big items. We just had a few small details that she (Janice Hull) mentioned we could do better,” he said.

For example, the report pointed out that with limited personnel, the town could not effectively implement separation of duties. Hilyer said the town conducts its business with only two clerks.

Both revenues and expenditures went down from 2008 to 2009. Total revenues decreased by about $150,000, from $1.05 million in 2008 to just below $900,000 for 2009.

Hilyer said the biggest factor in the difference was water.

“We had a wet year in ’09 and just didn’t sell as much water,” he told the council.

The town also cut spending to $1.06 million in 2009, down from about $1.6 million the previous year.

In other business, the council voted to purchase an ad in The Clanton Advertiser’s upcoming football magazine at a price to be determined, pending clarification about the ad’s size.

They also voted to buy a full-page ad for the Thorsby High School yearbook at $200.