Thursday, July 9, 2009

Group To Learn How Riverside County's $3 Billion is Spent

Riverside County Auditor-Controller Robert Byrd will explain to "The Group" how Riverside County spent $3 billion when "The Group" meets Thursday, Sept. 17 at Coffee Depot in Riverside.

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) - Riverside County Auditor-Controller Robert Byrd will tell members of “The Group” how the county spent $3 billion in fiscal year 2007-2008.

Byrd will explain how Riverside County spent this money when “The Group” meets 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at Coffee Depot, 3204 Mission Inn Ave. He will also answer questions about county spending.

One of the most important functions of the Auditor-Controller’s office is to audit all of Riverside County’s expenses at the end of each fiscal year. This includes compiling an annual report, which is released about six months later.

The Auditor-Controller’s office also verifies, processes and creates more than 1,000 warrants to vendors each day and processes and drafts more than 40,000 paychecks for county employees each month. It oversees the disbursement of more than $3 billion in tax money each year.

In 2002, Robert Byrd became the county’s elected Auditor-Controller with more votes cast than in the entire history of the office. He was subsequently re-elected to a second four-year term in June of 2006.

Byrd has been chair of the Riverside County Employee Campaign and the Legislative Chair for the State Association of County Auditors. Additionally, Byrd is a commissioner on the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission, and a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officer’s Association and the State Association of County Auditors.

Committed to his community, he’s a member of Riverside Rotary, board member of the Next of Kin Registry, is on the International Relations Council for Riverside and performs as Finance Chairperson for La Sierra Academy’s Board of Trustees.
For details on the Riverside County Auditor-Controller's office call (951) 955-3800.

Robert E. Byrd, CGFM, who is elected by the voters of Riverside County, heads the Office of the Auditor-Controller. The Auditor-Controller staff and management teams are dedicated to providing sound financial accounting, auditing and reporting in order to serve the citizens of Riverside County. More information is available on the Web at