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Two County Auditors, Two Different Results Over Five Years

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DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan aims to become the next Republican state treasurer of Illinois. Is Grogan up to the task? A closer look at the spending and efficiency by his county office over his tenure raises doubts.

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Consider spending first. By the end of Grogan’s first term as DuPage County Auditor, total office expenditures jumped 10.4%. During the same time frame, the Will County Auditor (a Democrat) managed to slash his budget by 35%. Yes, the Republican candidate promoting fiscal conservatism increased spending as his Democratic counterpart—virtually next door—cut spending.

Even with this increased spending, efficiency seems to lag in DuPage Auditor’s Office. Consider that in 2012, Grogan only conducted 3 internal audits, and those audits didn’t involve county finances. They were verifications on the fixed assets for a few departments and one department was so small only four pieces of property were required to be checked. Below is Auditor Grogan’s finding’s;

“One of the four items assigned to the custody of the Security Department was missing the county property control tag.”

As a comparison, Will County conducted 57 during the same year even at a spending level reduced by more than 1/3. Using these numbers, the 2012 “cost per audit” in Will County was just over $9,000; contrast this with the staggering $166,122.67 “cost per audit” conducted next door in DuPage County.

This low level of audits relative to Will County should not be construed as a lack of things to do for Bob Grogan.

As the state government of Illinois drowns in underfunded pension woes and exorbitant spending, fiscal sanity ranks high on the demands of the electorate. Many concerned citizens are demanding that candidates possess a demonstrated commitment to spending restraint. The startling disparity between the Will County Auditor and the DuPage County Auditor is sure to factor into discussions between now and the March 18 primary. Certainly, explaining how a Republican auditor increased spending by more than 10% as a neighboring Democratic auditor slashed spending by 35% cannot be pleasant.

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