Audit: State Parks Department hid millions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new audit says California’s parks department still needs to make accounting fixes in the wake of a financial scandal.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/14Dz3aJ ) says the state audit released Tuesday found continuing problems.
The department was hit by scandal last year when it was discovered that officials hid $54 million from the governor and Legislature in special funds at a time when a budget crisis threatened to close dozens of parks.
In addition, it’s been found that employees were inappropriately reimbursed some $300,000 for unused vacation time.
The audit says enough hasn’t been done to prevent such reimbursements.
However, parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters says the department plans to have a new accounting system in place by year’s end.