Antelope valley audit

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April 25, 2010 - 7:00pm

State Auditor Mike Foley says the largest public-works project in the history of Lincoln is riddled with accounting problems and cost overruns.

The Antelope Valley Project is designed to improve traffic and flood control while creating more park space along Antelope Creek.

Although it's been given a 250 million-dollar price tag, Foley says it's impossible to pin down actual costs of the development because of what he called fragmented and sometimes erroneous accounting.

Glen Johnson is the General Manager of the Lower Platte South NRD and chairs the joint Antelope Valley Authority. He says he appreciates the efforts of the auditor and his staff in reviewing the project. He points out that the auditor did not find any fraud in the project.

Johnson says he agrees with the auditor that centralizing all of the accounting would have been admirable, but he says it was not possible because the project involves 3 separate entities. The Antelope Valley Project is financed through a partnership with the city of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

Click here for a link to the state auditor's report.

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