Despite still having no audit, and no court-appointed administrator to oversee the Town of Jonesboro’s financial affairs, the town is eligible for state and federal grants, according to the list of “non-compliant” governmental entities maintained by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA).
See here the list.
The town has been on and off the list several times over the past few years, and was most recently non-compliant from January to late July of this year. The town was taken off the list within days of the appointment of Bill Ryder as Fiscal Administrator.
However, when Ryder resigned, the town was to be put back on the list, according to several public officials who have knowledge of how the system works.
The LLA’s own list, though, says the town is in compliance with the state’s audit law.
Here’s the law:
RS 39:72.1 Compliance with audit requirements
A. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no funds appropriated in the general appropriations act, the capital outlay act, or other appropriation act, shall be released or provided to any recipient of an appropriation if, when, and for as long as, the recipient fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of R.S. 24:513.
What this means is that money appropriated from the Louisiana Legislature in House Bill 1 (HB1 – General Appropriations) or House Bill 2 (HB2 – Capital Outlay) shall not be released to the recipient if they are not in compliance with the provisions of LA RS 24:513.
RS 24:513 – Powers and duties of legislative auditor; audit reports as public records; assistance and opinions of attorney general; frequency of audits; subpoena power
A.(4) Paragraph (3) of this Subsection and Subsection B notwithstanding, the legislative auditor may audit or investigate a local auditee only in those instances when:
(a) The local auditee has failed after thirty days written notice from the legislative auditor to comply with the provisions of this Section relating to timely audits.
(c) The local auditee exhibits a record of egregious control deficiencies and failures to comply with laws and regulations.
(d) The legislative auditor has received complaints of illegal or irregular acts with respect to the local auditee.
K. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance and gross misconduct in office, and shall be subject to removal.