Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District eyes new auditor

By From page A4 | April 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A rotation of auditors means Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District directors may award a contract to a San Jose-based firm to review the sewer district’s financial records.

Directors who meet next Monday will take up the staff recommendation for Chavan & Associates to audit the sewer district. The firm would undertake the work after five years of audits by Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co., which has offices in Sacramento and other California cities.

The sewer district rotates auditors about every five years. The change ensures auditor independence and current market prices for the work, said a report to the executive committee that met Monday.

“We’re disappointed that we have to rotate,” said Greg Baatrup, general manager of the sewer district, who praised the current auditor’s work. “We would love to keep them.”

Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District sent a request for proposals to 14 accounting firms.

The average yearly cost of the audit by Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co. was $20,100 while the proposed agreement with Chavan & Associates will cost the sewer district $15,000 a year.

Pete Sanchez, vice president of the board of directors and the mayor of Suisun City, said at Monday’s meeting that “auditing is really paperwork” in America.

Sanchez, a graduate of the University of the East, Manila, Philippines, who retired in 2006 as supervising auditor-appraiser at the Solano County Assessor-Recorder’s Office, said auditors in the Philippines provide independent confirmation in their financial reviews.

Auditors from the Philippines “love practicing here,” Sanchez said, because the work is easier.

The board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the sewer district offices, 1010 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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