Victoria police budget audit delayed

The audit, originally scheduled for release this month, will evaluate how Victoria oversees VicPD's police budget

A performance audit of the City of Victoria by B.C.’s newly created local auditor general is being delayed another year.

The audit, originally scheduled for release in March 2014, will evaluate how Victoria oversees VicPD’s police budget including its approval and monitoring mechanisms.

Victoria is one of six municipalities undergoing a value-for-money audit by the Auditor General for Local Government, while another 12 cities and regional districts are undergoing procurement and asset management audits.

“We’ve found local governments are more dissimilar than they are similar, so that did require more attention and effort than we originally anticipated, which resulted in delay,” said AGLG deputy auditor Mark Tatchell.

Victoria is being audited based on a formula of population size, geography and because it is only one of 11 municipalities with an independent police department.

Audit topics were chosen based on local government input, media analysis and legislative parameters after the AGLG was created in April 2012.

Victoria’s audit will now be released by March 31, 2015.