It's been a persistent question and one we have put to town officials.
Will the town-funded auditor's fraud examination report be released to the public?
The answer we received yesterday from Town Administrator Tom Younger is that we should have an answer "soon."
The administrator has talked to the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. And he will talk to others.
Earlier this year, before Younger became Swampscott's town administrator, Patch filed a request that the town release the document to the public.
The request came under the authority of the state's public record law, considering the forensic audit was funded by taxpayers, costing slightly more than $45,000.
Then Acting Town Administrator Dave Castellarin, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, said the auditor's fraud examination report was nonpublic because it was under investigation by police.
The report was said to be inconclusive on whether fraud took place. Still, it was referred to the Attorney General's Office and Swampscott police.
"Because of the lack of accounting records and documentation, the result of the fraud examination was inconclusive as to whether fraud occurred during the fraud examination period, Castellarin said.
"However, the audit report does conclude that the system of internal control over cash receipts and cash disbursements were insufficient. The report did find evidence of several violations of the municipal finance laws, as well as other related infractions.
"Both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee voted to refer the report to the Attorney General’s Office and the Swampscott police department for their review.
Both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee take these issues very seriously. Internal controls have already been designed, documented, and implemented to promote controls over cash receipts and disbursements related to school activities and student activity funds.
The School Committee is in the process of formally closing all bank accounts that do not fall under the Town that were previously held at the individual schools. These funds will be deposited with the Town Treasurer going forward and managed and accounted for in accordance with Massachusetts laws."