State finds no problems in King Conservation District audit
May 22, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2010
Auditors determined the King Conservation District followed proper procedures to safeguard public dollars and assets, a state audit released May 1 shows.
The audit examined accountability through items related to open public meetings and conflicts of interest — areas with the highest risk of noncompliance, misappropriation or misuse. The state team found no problems, and said the district complied with laws and regulations, as well as procedures established by district officials for 2008, the period examined during the audit.
Formed in 1949, the district promotes sustainable uses of natural resources and responsible land stewardship across most of King County, except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.
Issaquah and other King County cities receive grants from the conservation district for projects as diverse as gardening classes at Pickering Barn and habitat restoration in city parks.
A five-member board of supervisors — with three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district and a roughly $1 million annual budget. The district employs about a dozen full-time workers.
Landowners fund the district through a $10 per-parcel assessment fee. The state commission — as well as state, federal and local grants — provides money for the district. The agency receives no ongoing operating budget from the Legislature.