Village gets high marks from auditor

The Baroda Village Hall is pictured March 20, 2018.

BARODA — The Village of Baroda is in an “excellent position” financially, the Baroda Village Council heard on Monday.

Aaron Stevens, of the Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker accounting firm, said the village could operate with its available funds for seven and a half months. As the standard recommendation for municipalities is having enough for two months of operation, the village is in good shape, he said while presenting an audit of fiscal 2017-18.

“You don’t have any liquidity problems,” Stevens said. “You can pay your bills.”

The village ended the year with general fund revenues of $357,932, expenditures of $386,197, and a fund balance of $272,570, the audit showed.

The audit was a “clean opinion” of the fiscal year’s books, “the highest level of assurance we can give,” Stevens said. The 2017-18 year ended March 31.

Also Monday, the council voted to donate $250 to Baroda Township’s “Trail and Treats” event at the township park on Hess Lake on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Township Treasurer Brenda Troxell told the council that a “major sponsor” had recently and unexpectedly pulled out of the event. “Now I’m in a crunch,” she said.

The $250 was going to pay for treats for the children, according to Troxell.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Trustee Milt Sluder, who moved to make up the $250.

Troxell said last year’s event attracted 132 children and 85 adults, despite miserable weather. The Lions Club provided eye screening for 45 children, she added.

The “non-scary” event will be held from 4-6 p.m., Troxell said.

The event doesn’t replace Halloween trick-or-treating. The council voted to set Halloween hours for 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

In other matters, the council approved paying Plante & Moran $125 an hour to help out with what Clerk Tina Boehm called some budgeting “hiccups.”

A representative of the firm will come in for up to eight times a month through the remainder of the year.

The firm representative “is the only one who can maneuver her way through all this stuff,” Boehm continued. By year’s end, those services won’t be needed any more, she said.

Council President Bob Getz after the meeting said the village office “got behind” on budgeting matters.

The council also agreed to change the annual food drive. Instead of handing out collected food to needy families, the village will be a collection point and will give the food to local churches with food banks.

Finding needy families in the village “has become hard, which is a good thing,” Boehm said. But the village ended up taking food to families outside the village, and the council members agreed the distribution should be kept local.