Leverage for Efficiency, Accountability and Performance (LEAP) Fund for performance audits
Performance Audits Testimonials
"During the initial onset of the audit, I did have some doubts as to the worth that might be realized by having this performance audit done. I must inform you now, that I'm exceptionally pleased with the final result of this audit, the way the audit was conducted and the value we received from your performance audit team's outstanding ability to recognize where potential savings for the village existed and in recommending what action should be taken.
"Village officials have already implemented some of the recommendations from the audit team and are already realizing the benefits that your audit program has very successfully identified. We here believe the State of Ohio is moving in the right direction offering these performance audits to communities as a cost savings tool." Ben Garlich
Village of Middlefield
"Burton Township desperately needed to improve the landscaping of its roadways for the safety of Geauga County residents, but a new tractor and boom mower would cost $130,000. Neighboring Newbury Township purchased this equipment two years ago and when it wasn’t in use, it sat idle. Together, we came up with a shared services agreement that allows Burton Township to rent the equipment with an operator on an hourly basis. We did more mowing than ever before and Newbury Township used the money to make monthly payments on their equipment. Collaboration Saves Money!" Jim Dvorak
"Hats off to Auditor Dave Yost for making voluntary performance audits easily accessible! As a means to regain financial stability, Lafayette Township completed a voluntary performance audit in 2007. We could not afford a performance audit but we also could not afford to not do it.
"Relying on the audit’s key recommendations, Lafayette Township streamlined operations. Responsible reserve balances have been built. We have achieved a higher level and quality of service with fewer staff and fewer dollars. We are delivering almost twice the police service at half of the cost while reducing the taxes our residents pay for that service – twice! We work to eliminate costly duplications by pursuing partnerships and collaboration. We created Community Reinvestment Areas encouraging economic development in appropriate areas to further relieve the burden on residential taxpayers.
"Saving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars annually, I believe the $26,000 cost of that audit was the best township investment I have seen in fourteen years of service to my community. The results of our performance audit were so productive; the audit team received a national award for it!
"The performance audit provides a valuable framework upon which to continue building financial policies that will sustain this positive direction long term. The performance audit is a tool referred to often as Lafayette Township continually seeks to improve its operations to deliver quality services at a low taxpayer cost.
Thanks goes to Auditor Yost for taking the lead to make this tool readily available to communities needing it the most."Lynda Bowers, President
Lafayette Township Board of Trustees
"Having Board adopted guidelines that are clear and comprehensive on energy use has been the key to our success. We are able to use these guidelines as a reference point for all our efforts to reduce utility costs. A solid energy conservation program must contain clear and easy to manage procedures and policies."Jon Burkhart
Director of Business Affairs
Medina City Schools
"The Miami East Local School District has embraced strategic planning with regard to student achievement, staff development, business partnerships, and financial planning. The district realizes that with thoughtful financial strategic planning it can better serve its stakeholders by directing resources where they better serve our students, parents, and community. In a time where finances are a finite resource it’s more important than ever to have a strategic plan where costs can be contained and an always dwindling revenue stream can still assist students and our overall mission."Dr. Todd Rappold
Miami East Local Schools
"Conducting a facilities study allows our library to understand and meet community need, while pairing our efforts with smart planning and good financial management."Patrick Losinski
Columbus Metropolitan Library
"Workforce planning is the framework management relies on for making staffing and resource decisions that are linked to the agency’s mission, strategic plan and budgetary resources. Through this project workforce planning in Ohio will become an essential planning process by which the state can achieve the intended philosophy of controlling the size and cost of government."Brenda Gerhardstein
Department of Administrative Service
Human Resources Division Deputy Director
"While reviewing the current structure of Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatching, it was determined we needed a more uniformed and consistent operation. Operational Effectiveness, Employee Impact, and Cost Efficiency were three primary factors considered when considering to restructure our dispatching. This allows us to provide a consistent level of service throughout the state."Staff Lieutenant Tony Bradshaw
Ohio State Highway Patrol
"The practice of the development of long range financial planning for the County General Fund has assisted us in maintaining the financial stability of the fund through annual balanced budgets, favorable bond ratings and investments through economic development initiatives. Our Elected Officials, Agencies and Offices have collaborated with the County in the prudent use of taxpayer funds and maintaining excellent services despite many years of budget reductions. We continue to use the General Fund Financial Plan recommendations as a guiding principle as we develop our annual General Fund appropriations."Tim Nolan
Director, Office of Management & Budget