Posted at 4 p.m. on January 5, 2018
The Brillion News
MADISON – On Friday, January 5, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of Wisconsin State Fair Park (report 18-1).
State Fair Park, the State’s 190-acre fairgrounds located in the cities of West Allis and Milwaukee, has operated as a separate state agency since 1990.
The primary responsibility of State Fair Park is to administer the annual 11-day State Fair each August.
LAB found the operations of State Fair Park to be consistent with several best practices in the industry, but the audit also found State Fair Park lacks complete and accurate management information needed to effectively oversee its contracting processes, and it has not consistently followed proper procurement procedures.
For example, State Fair Park procures its own goods and services valued at more than $50,000, but was not officially delegated this authority by the Department of Administration.
From January 2013 through June 2017, the LAB identified nine expense contracts totaling $1.3 million for which State Fair Park sought approval from its Board after the contracts had already been executed.
The auditors recommended a significant number of reforms in State Fair Park management practices, and suggested that the legislature demand that State Fair Park report back to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee by June 1 of this year.
See a complete, detailed report on the audit in the January 11 print edition of The Brillion News.