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File #: 2018-879    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/6/2018 In control: Board of Directors Workshop Meeting
On agenda: 8/8/2018 Final action: 8/8/2018
Title: Proposed Audit Fee Change Order for the FY 2017 Audit
Sponsors: Nicolette Bateson
Indexes: Finance
Attachments: 1. GLWA Incremental Billing 7-19-18


Proposed Audit Fee Change Order for the FY 2017 Audit



Agenda of:                      August 8, 2018

Item No.:                     2018-879

Amount:                     $48,500                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


TO:                                          The Honorable

Board of Directors

Great Lakes Water Authority


FROM:                     Sue F. McCormick

                                          Chief Executive Officer

                                          Great Lakes Water Authority


DATE:                     August 8, 2018



RE:                                          Proposed Audit Fee Change Order for the FY 2017 Audit





Upon recommendation of Nicolette N. Bateson, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, The Board of Directors (Board) of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), approve a change order for audit services contract with Rehmann Robson in the amount of $48,500 for the FY 2017 audit; and authorizes the CEO to take such other action as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote. 



The firm of Rehmann Robson was selected as auditors for the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) in January 2017.


The audit for FY 2017 was started in October 2017. Audit fieldwork and draft

financial statements were largely completed in November 2017. Concurrently, discussions related to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) were underway. While it was anticipated that there would be a financial impact, the dollar amount was not determinable until April 2018 when the boards for both entities approved an MOU Term Sheet. The technical nature of the MOU,

inefficiencies from the delay, and related additional effort by all parties translate into a reasonable request by Rehmann Robson for additional compensation. Attached is an analysis from the auditors providing an additional request for $48,500 which is net of a negotiated discount of 7.5%.



To the extent that there are not savings in the Financial Reporting & Accounting cost center, a budget amendment from unallocated reserve would be required. There are sufficient funds in that budget reserve.


This matter was reviewed by the Audit Committee at its meeting on July 20, 2018.  The Audit Committee unanimously recommended that the GLWA Board adopt the resolution as presented.