(1) The Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Oregon Board of Accountancy, and in consultation with the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, shall prescribe the minimum standards for conducting audits of municipal corporations, preparing the resulting audit reports and expressing opinions upon the financial condition and results of operation for the period under audit. The expression of opinion shall be signed by the accountant signing the contract, or in the case of a partnership or professional corporation, by a partner or stockholder who is an accountant as defined in ORS 297.405, who has personally conducted the audit to an extent satisfactory to the Secretary of State and to the municipal corporation.
(2) The municipal corporation shall be furnished with a written audit report, containing a signed expression of opinion, in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State. A copy of the audit report shall be furnished to each person who was a member of the governing body at the end of the calendar or fiscal year and to each member of the current governing body. Other copies shall be furnished the municipal corporation as are requested by the chairperson of the governing body or the managing or executive officer. The accountant shall furnish the audit report to the municipal corporation within six months after the close of the calendar or fiscal year under audit, except that the Secretary of State, for good cause shown, may grant to the accountant a reasonable extension of time.
(3) The municipal corporation shall file one copy of its audit report with the Secretary of State. The report shall be subject to review by the Secretary of State, who may also require submission of the supporting documentation and audit programs of the accountant. If an audit, audit report or expression of opinion is found by the Secretary of State not to be in accordance with the prescribed standards, the Secretary of State shall request compliance. If the accountant fails to comply with the request, the Secretary of State shall so report to the Oregon Board of Accountancy, which thereupon may remove or suspend the name of the accountant from the roster required by ORS 297.670.
(4) Audit reports or financial statements filed with the Secretary of State as required by ORS 297.405 to 297.555 shall include the names, mailing addresses and titles of the officers and members of the governing board of the municipal corporation. The report or statement of a special district shall include the name of its registered agent and the address of its registered office as provided by ORS 198.335 to 198.365. [1977 c.774 §8; 1979 c.646 §3; 2007 c.184 §2]Section: Previous 297.435 297.440 297.445 297.450 297.455 297.459 297.460 297.465 297.466 297.470 297.475 297.480 297.485 297.490 297.495 Next
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