The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor-vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues, the State Auditor’s Office said Thursday.
“The commission must be able to account for its use of public funds and ensure its stewardship of the lands, waters and historic places entrusted to it,” Auditor Troy Kelley said in a news release.
As reported by the Associated Press, Kelley’s office criticized the handling of money generated by sales of the Discover Pass, which allows purchasers to access any state-managed park by paying an annual fee. This is the first audit since the Discover Pass began in 2011.
During fiscal 2013, State Parks had more than $34 million in revenues, of which $11.6 million was collected at the parks and $5.5 million from Discover Pass sales.
The auditors looked at financial procedures at a sample of seven state parks. It found that in relation to Discover Passes, State Parks does not have written procedures to ensure the proper tracking of passes printed or distributed; does not maintain a daily log of the number of passes sold; and does not reconcile the number of passes sold to deposit slips to ensure all revenues were deposited.
For the full story click here.