After rereading the story (Herald, Oct.3) about the state audit of the San Juan Health Department several times, my conclusion was this department might have had inadequate procedures, outdated accounting software and maybe questionable documentation. The audit findings were related to accounting practices and absolutely no mention of financial malfeasance.
The questions unanswered were, in that the department receives $6.3 million in grants to provide medical services to La Plata and Montezuma counties, what exactly does La Plata County contribute?
Obviously it is not the funds for software or staff to manage the paperwork and accounting records generated for grant funding, nor the support of county management seeking resolutions to procedural concerns addressed in the audit. I did note La Plata County Manager Shawn Nau contributed politically-based statements prominently displayed in the story and not much else.
My concern for both La Plata County and the San Juan Health Department is the audit would have provided information to improve the financial reporting through cooperation, however, the emphasis of the article was the inflammatory political interpretations of the board and county officials.
As with every level of government, I expect more than words and will probably be disappointed, again.
Nancy Cheung, Durango