Auditor: Wait till September
for Sunshine audit request
WARREN - The Ohio Auditor's Office says it will wait until September before deciding on a request to audit Sunshine of Warren Trumbull Inc. and the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp.
"The Auditor of State's Office is currently analyzing the effects of Senate Bill 67 and the impact it may have on our ability to audit the organizations you requested us to audit," Joey Jones, chief auditor of the East Region, states in the letter to City Councilman Al Novak.
Senate Bill 67 sets a precedent for auditing private nonprofits and will not come into effect until Sept. 4.
Novak said Tuesday he remains confident that with taxpayer funding that Sunshine and WRAP have received from the city, that an audit will be granted.
Sunshine Director Anthony Iannucci has contended that as non-profits, neither organization is subject to state audit or open meeting laws.
Ryan pitches extension
of retirees health credit
U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan is co-sponsoring legislation that will provide retirees of Delphi and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing in the Health Coverage Tax Credit program past its December 2013 end date, according to a release from the Democrat's office Tuesday.
Law enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act terminates the tax credit program at the end of the year, but Ryan's proposal would extend it for people already enrolled, as long as the participants are receiving pensions through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and there are no breaks in their coverage.
People already enrolled who are eligible for the tax credit because of receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance will not be grandfathered into the program. Ryan, D-Niles, and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, introduced the bill Monday.
Burglars swipe tools, train from senior center sheds
WARREN - Thieves cut the locks off two storage sheds at the SCOPE Center over the weekend, making off with tools and model railroad equipment.
A maintenance employee for the center at 220 W. Market St. discovered the theft Monday morning about 9 a.m.
Tools, including a Craftsman electric drill, was taken from one shed. And a Rio Grande model train locomotive and other train cars were stolen from the other shed.
A more detailed list of stolen items was being drafted for Warren police.