Audits in the News: Portland audit shop earns a media mention.
We here in the audits division are proud that the work we do makes a difference. Our work attracts the attention of the legislature, statewide news sources, and even local media outlets. Local media coverage of our audits is just another way we communicate with the people of Oregon about the work that we’re doing on their behalf to make government better. This is part of an ongoing series of posts rounding up recent instances in which the Oregon Audits Division makes a cameo in the local news.
The Audits Division isn’t the only audit shop getting media attention for its work. Our friends in the Portland City Auditor’s Office recently released an audit on billing campaigns for presidential visits — an especially timely and relevant issue.
KATU – Audit: Portland should bill for services to campaign visits
“Portland should follow its current policy and charge for police and other services provided when presidential campaigns visit the city, according to a report released Tuesday by the city’s auditor. The city hasn’t billed presidential campaigns for police protection, traffic control and other costs in nearly two years, as it has done in the past, the report said. Campaign visits from October 2014 to April 2016 have cost the city at least $180,000 in police regular and overtime pay.”
The Portland Tribune – Audit: City should stop subsidizing presidential campaigns
“Portland has spent at least $180,000 to support visits by presidential candidates and their surrogates during the past two years without making any effort to get reimbursed — despite a city policy to the contrary, according to a new audit by the city auditor’s office.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive – Portland didn’t bill presidential campaigns for $180,000 in costs
“City auditors say Portland should bill presidential campaigns to cover high security costs when political candidates or emissaries come to town. That hasn’t happened recently, and city taxpayers are out an estimated $180,000. It shouldn’t be that way, according to the report, released Tuesday by Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. Portland policy requires the city to bill for its services. But officials haven’t, saying they didn’t think campaigns would pay up.”