FAIRFIELD — A new auditor for the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District won approval Monday by directors, one of whom said the contract will save the district $15,000.
Chavan & Associates of San Jose has a three-year contract to audit district finances at $15,000 annually and follows five years by Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co., which has offices in Sacramento and other California cities and was paid an average of $20,100 yearly.
Greg Baatrup, general manager of the sewer district, said the Fairfield-Suisun agency has a great working relationship with Vavrinek but that auditors are rotated about every three to five years.
Chavan & Associates was among firms that responded to a request for proposals by the sewer district.
“We liked their proposal. We liked their staff. We got good references on them,” Baatrup said.
Director Mike Segala, a Suisun City Council member, noted the $15,000 in audit savings when discussing costs to the sewer district for its participation in review of nutrient watershed permits for agencies around the San Francisco Bay. That effort is expected to cost $83,000 over five years.
Pete Sanchez, vice president of the board of directors and the mayor of Suisun City, has said “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.
City council members in Fairfield and Suisun City serve as the sewer district’s board of directors.
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