After adding a couple of amendments, state senators appear ready to pass a bill they hope will keep last year's $3.5 million scandal at the Timpanogos Mental Health Center from being repeated.
The bill would give the state auditor more control over reviews of local government agencies and would require that audits be done by certified public accountants. In a floor debate on Tuesday, senators amended the bill to include all public and non-profit agencies that receive at least 50 percent of their money from taxes. Audits must be done yearly on those agencies.The Timpanogos center, an agency administered by three counties, was audited by an accountant who was not certified. Three top administrators at the facility have been charged with 117 criminal counts related to the missing money.