Pa. auditor ‘disturbed’ by Steelton’s lack of transparency

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog says he is troubled by Steelton’s clear shortage of transparency.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday released audit reports of the borough’s police and non-uniformed pension plans that show Steelton failed to maintain adequate minutes of council meetings between January 2013 and December 2014, as required by the Sunshine Act.

The borough’s missing records were reported by ABC 27 News last month.

The audit found that Steelton maintained its police pension plan at a 97-percent funded ratio, while its non-uniformed plan hovers at 78.4 percent, a drop of nearly 10-percent since 2009.

DePasquale said Steelton’s failure to maintain council meeting minutes could potentially lead to errors or improprieties in pension plan policies.

“Having a well-funded police pension plan doesn’t give the borough license to ignore other important aspects of its governance,” DePasquale said in a statement. “I remind Steelton leaders that monetary responsibility is no excuse for procedural irresponsibility, and frankly I find their lack of transparency disturbing.”

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