Tempers flared inside the council room at the Madison County Administration Building as County Board members sparred over a vote on a required outside audit of county finances. Several board members, including Republican Chris Slusser took issue with the Finance Committee’s recommendation to accept a $408,000 bid for outside auditing services from Scheffel and Co. despite the fact that it was $20-thousand higher than the lowest bid received.
At one point, Slusser, who is also a candidate for County Board Chairman, directly questioned Chairman Alan Dusntan’s influence in the decision, saying that the firm has made donations to his campaign in the past. Dunstan responded by saying that he was not at the finance committee meeting before giving his reason for backing the recommendation.
Dunstan followed his comments by ending the discussion and calling roll-call vote. Board members voted 25-4 in favor of accepting the bid. Baker Tilly of Oakbrook submitted the lowest bid, worth $388,000 for the four year contract.