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Oshawa gets $90,000 for independent financial audit

Funding comes from Ford government’s Audit and Accessibility Fund

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa will receive funding from Ontario to complete an independent financial audit.

The Ford government recently announced that 39 municipalities and three school boards will be receiving provincial money through its Audit and Accessibility Fund.Premier Doug Ford first announced the fund during a speaking appearance in Durham Region in May.

The fund was originally slated at $7.35 million, but according to a media release, the total amount is up to $8.15 million.

Ford said his government found savings of four cents on every dollar of spending in this year’s budget, and believes this goal is achievable for large urban municipalities and school boards as well.

According to city manager Paul Ralph, Oshawa will receive $90,000 and the review is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.

City council supported applying for the fund in June.

To Ward 5 city councillor John Gray, there is “no downside” from Oshawa’s perspective.

“Let’s find out if our operation is as effective as we believe it is, and if not, we’ll have some housecleaning to do,” he said.