SALINEVILLE-The village of Salineville's financial records have been officially deemed "unauditable" by the Auditor of State Dave Yost.
The news comes on the heels of a council meeting last week in which Mayor Mary Smith told village officials the audit had been stopped due to auditors being unable to balance the village financial books.
A press release from the office of the Auditor of State said the village had been placed on their "unauditable list" due to "inadequate financial records" and would be removed from the list once the books had been balanced.
The release states that, during the audit of the period from the beginning of 2012 through the end 2013 the auditor of state's office "determined that the condition of the village 's financial records was not adequate to complete the audit."
"Poorly kept books create a lack of accountability," said Yost in the press release. "The village of Salineville must bring its records back to an auditable condition to complete the audit."
According to the press release, the village must revise its financial records and give auditors the data they need to finish the audit within a 90-day period.
The release warns that if the village does not comply, the auditors may take legal action against the village, including subpoenaing the village's fiscal officer and mayor to explain the state of the village's financial records.
The village has had three fiscal officers during the time period being audited: David Slagle, Esther Anderson and Becky Tolson, who is set to resign at the end of the month.
Council members voted last Monday to hire Patti Gibson as the replacement for Tolson.
At last Monday's council meeting, council members voted to have the village's financial records sent away to the Local Government Section of the state auditor's office to be balanced.