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Auditors to scrutinize construction of new public safety building

Original post made on Dec 29, 2021

Seeking to contain the costs of its largest infrastructure project -- a new public safety building near California Avenue -- Palo Alto has charged its city auditor with examining every change order and invoice.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 2:17 PM

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Posted by Barron Park Denizen
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

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It's good to have an audit, but what the auditors found is small potatoes relative to their likely fee, and readily resolved. Yet the first few paragraphs of the story use the overly-charged words "already finding errors and discrepancies," "overcharge," and "uncovered irregularity."

Not sure why the Auditor's Office can't do the audit, but whether done by public or private entity, it's an audit; that is, tracing and checking representative examples. Scrutinizing every change order is overkill.

Posted by Jesse Erhardt
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 29, 2021 at 2:38 pm

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An audit is important for expense verification & accountability but the City of Palo Alto should spare no expense in designing the most modern & technologically advanced facility as pre-emptive & visionary design measures will avert redundant & costly reconfiguration expenditures.

Hopefully the new PAPD facility will be turn out to be the Taj Majal of local police buildings.

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