State Auditor Mary Taylor on Sept. 30 released the performance audit of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission. The report reveals the commission committed numerous violations of the Ohio Open Meetings Act ...

State Auditor Mary Taylor on Sept. 30 released the performance audit of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission.

The report reveals the commission committed numerous violations of the Ohio Open Meetings Act, including approving salary increases for its administrative staff without documentation.

"The citizens of Franklin County need to be assured the Veterans Service Commission will no longer make financial decisions behind closed doors," Taylor said in a press release. "Violations of the Ohio Open Meetings Act make it impossible for an organization to be accountable and transparent to the veterans and public they serve."

Taylor said the report released Thursday is the second audit of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission.

The report also makes 17 recommendations for improving office operations and adherence to the Ohio Meetings Act. The recommendations include:

Properly take, transcribe and approve minutes according to open-meetings laws and rules governing executive sessions.

Approve adjustments to compensation in public meetings and document rationale in properly recorded meeting minutes and personnel files according to statutory requirements and the Open Meetings Act.

A copy of the complete audit is available online at www.auditor.state.oh.us.