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Grosse Pointe City agrees to extend auditing contract

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 20, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City will be retaining its auditors at Plante Moran for at least the next couple of years.

During a July 15 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of extending its contract with Plante Moran for another two years, at a cost of $41,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year audit and $41,800 for the 2019-20 fiscal year audit. As City Councilman Donald Parthum Jr. noted, the price increase of about 2% was “not bad.”

City Finance Director/Treasurer Kimberly Kleinow recommended the contract extension.

“They’re still the leaders in municipal auditing services, and they’re still there for (any) questions (we have),” she said of Plante Moran.

In 2016, Kleinow said, the City sent out a request for proposal, or RFP, to six Michigan auditing firms. All six firms responded with proposals and were subsequently interviewed and evaluated by City officials on quality, timeliness, experience, professionalism, cost and other factors.

As a result of the RFP process, Kleinow said, the City was able to get Plante Moran to reduce the fees it had been charging it. She said the cost for the 2018-19 audit, for example, is only $500 more than it was for the 2014-15 audit.

In 2016, the council agreed to use Plante Moran for audits covering the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Kleinow said the City’s agreement with Plante Moran included a possible two-year contract extension; that’s what the council voted to approve.

She said Plante Moran has always been thorough and accessible, answering questions and providing other information throughout the year at no additional charge. In addition, Kleinow said, it offers free training, assistance with new governmental requirements and help with financial and accounting issues as part of its contract.

“We’ve had some heavy lifting” over the last couple of years with bond issues, City Councilman Andrew Turnbull said. “They’ve done a great job.”