Audit Reveals Missteps of Baltimore City Libraries
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:22 PM EDT
Every year the Baltimore City Enoch Pratt Library is audited, but for the past two years, it has had some problems.
The audit includes all 22 of the city's libraries and sites several missteps including the delayed repayment of $3.2 million in taxpayer money from 2012.
"When we were there we noticed that it was not paid also for 2013. I don't know that it was resolved yet. But I believe the library is trying to resolve it by June first of this year," Baltimore City auditor Robert McCarty said.
In addition to late payments, the city auditor says the library was unable to provide proper documentation for the majority of the times it adjusted in its accounting records.
The library's endowment fund bank account was also not maintained properly. There were unexplained differences of about $50,000 as well as checks that have been outstanding for more than five months.
The report says the problems started following staffing issues, including the retirement of the chief of fiscal services.
The library plants to fix most of the issues by June 1.