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Port Of Benton Faces Audit Report Finding

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The Port of Benton is reviewing their procedures after the state auditor's office found that they might have been responsible for mishandling some federal funding. The Port of Benton is reviewing their procedures after the state auditor's office found that they might have been responsible for mishandling some federal funding.
NBCRightNow.com - The Port of Benton is reviewing their procedures after the state auditor's office found that they might have been responsible for mishandling some federal funding.

The auditor's office released a finding that showed a subcontractor working under the port hadn't been properly recording payroll.

It was during the construction of the new Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center that the Port of Benton says they hired an architect firm to work for them. During the audit period there were no records of some of those employees' weekly payments.

The construction project was partially federally funded with about 1.7 million dollars in public works grant funds. Under the Davis-Bacon Act there is protocol that requires any group accepting this kind of federal money to keep record of where that money goes.

"We didn't do everything exactly 100% correct so we have implemented procedures with our staff now to make sure we're monitoring these certified payrolls on a weekly basis and that we're receiving copies," said Finance Director for the Port of Benton Stuart Dezember.

There are no questioned costs coming out of this report and after discovering the missing paperwork the port confirmed that none of the money was misused. They also noted that this is their first ever audit finding

The Port of Benton is currently receiving federal funding for improvements to the Richland and Prosser airports and they say they are monitoring those projects closely. 
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