The Edmond Sun

November 26, 2012

State auditor completes more audits in 2012

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said his office has done 23 percent more audits with less money than his predecessor Steve Burrage.

The Cache Republican spoke before the Edmond Republican Women recently along with other panel guests, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, R-Tulsa; state Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond; and state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie.

“We have the ability to go in and look to see whether or not something has been done officially, effectively and make recommendations on how it can be done better,” Jones said.

Murphey said he favors having a legislative version of the Congressional Budget Office. This would allow a body of legislators to provide objective reporting on all areas of government. The state auditor makes an evaluation and then recommends policy changes, Murphey said.

“If we could get that input from the auditor’s office, our appropriations and budget officials could have some very strong tools,” Murphey said.

Tax reform could take place with a more comprehensive understanding of funding core services of government, Murphey said. | 341-2121