2019 Reports

Each report entry contains a summary of report focus and results, a full report document and a report highlights document.

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March 29, 2019

Seattle Public Utilities New Taps Billing and Controls Review  

Focus: This report describes the results of our audit of Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) recalculations of new taps charges billed by SPU between January 1, 2015 and April 5, 2018. New taps are newly installed water services for SPU's residential, commercial, and industrial customers. SPU initiated their audit test work to recalculate new taps billings for this period after discovering that some customers had been overcharged for new taps installations.   

Results: We found that SPU developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to auditing new taps billing calculations. SPU completed their audit test work and identified some billing adjustments that resulted in both refunds and back billings. SPU has updated their policies, procedures and internal controls and is updating other documentation to help ensure the accuracy of future new taps billings.

February 25, 2019

Public Health - Seattle King County (PHSKC) and University of Washington (UW) Report on Healthy Food Availability and Food Bank Network

Focus: Ordinance 125324, referred to as the Sweetened Beverage Tax, passed by the Seattle City Council in June 2017, required the City Auditor to contract with academic researchers to conduct a series of evaluations, including one on food deserts in Seattle and an assessment of Seattle's food bank network. The Office of City Auditor contracted with Public Health - Seattle and King County (Public Health) to lead the evaluations. Public Health worked with the University of Washington to conduct the food desert and food bank evaluation.  

Seattle City Council Finance and Neighborhoods Committee 2/27/19 Presentation Slides on PHSKC/UW Report on Healthy Food Availability and Food Bank Network

February 7, 2019

Review of Navigation Team 2018 Quarter 2 Report

Focus: This report, requested by Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, is part of a series of reports intended to promote continuous improvement in the City of Seattle's Navigation Team approach, which is part of the City of Seattle's strategy for addressing the issue of people living unsheltered in Seattle.

Results: This report assesses four reporting checkpoints from the Executive's Quarter 2 response to the Navigation Team reporting plan, a plan with 14 reporting checkpoints designed to help inform the City Council on the Navigation Team approach. We identified findings for four of the reporting checkpoints, and we developed a set of 13 recommendations that are listed in Appendix B of our report.

January 7, 2019

Public Health - Seattle and King County's (PHSKC) Report on the 6th Month Store Beverage Prices Audit

Focus:  Ordinance 125324, passed by the Seattle City Council in June 2017, required the City Auditor to contract with academic researchers to conduct a multi-year evaluation of the behavioral, health, and economic impacts of the sweetened beverage tax. The Office of City Auditor contracted with Public Health - Seattle and King County (Public Health) to lead the evaluation. Public Health contracted with the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Health to help it conduct the evaluation. This report provides information collected by a University of Washington research team on the prices of taxed and nontaxed beverages before the tax took effect and 6 months after the start of the tax.

City Council Finance and Neighborhoods Committee 1/9/19 Presentation Slides on PHSKC's 6th Month Store Beverage Prices Audit

Frequently Asked Questions Document on PHSKC's 6th Month Store Beverage Prices Audit