BERRIEN SPRINGS — The village of Berrien Springs is in excellent financial shape and is the poster child of how local governments should operate, auditor Kenley Penner told Village Council members Monday.

Penner, a partner with Plante Moran, presented the results of his firm’s audit of village financial records for the 2018-19 year that ended June 30. “The most important thing you will hear me say tonight is that you received an unmodified, clean opinion,” he said. “That’s the highest level of assurance we can give.”