County Renews Deal with Auditor

WINNSBORO – County Council voted 6-0 Monday night to renew its contract with Columbia accounting firm Elliot Davis for auditing services. Councilman Mikel Trapp (District 3) was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Milton Pope, Interim County Administrator, said Council had, during the budgeting process, approved funding for the continued employment of Elliot Davis, but a public vote on the contract renewal had not been held.

“In our budgeting process we did approve the funding for auditing services,” Pope said, “however, what we should have done at that time is have a proviso in there approving Elliot Davis as the auditors.

“I think it’s very important we don’t have an interruption in our auditing services,” Pope continued. “They’re very familiar with our books. I would strongly encourage us not to disrupt that service, to keep those things working effectively and efficiently through the process.”

Council approved the contract extension for three years.

Council also gave the OK to $31,107 for the purchase of a new Chevrolet Caprice for the Sheriff’s Office to replace a 2008 Crown Victoria patrol car that was totaled in an accident. Council gave approval as well to a $2,700 overrun on fire service equipment. The budgeted amount for the purchase of hoses, replacement parts and other equipment was originally $25,000, Pope said.