Bleeding money – fairs fail to follow audit recs

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, July 10, 2014

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The 2013 Navajo Nation Fair ended up losing money.

Officially, the fair ended up losing $53,157, according to an audit by the Navajo Nation Auditor General's Office.

Unofficially, that amount could be more than $425,000 when one considers the fact that the 2013 fair received a grant of $374,267 from the Parks Enterprise Fund operated by the tribe's Parks and Recreation Department.

The audit also revealed that the 2013 fair lost more than $100,000 sponsoring three concerts.

For that and other problems with the fair that have not been addressed from a previous audit, the auditor general's office is recommending that the fair's program manager be sanctioned, which means that 20 percent of the manager's salary would be withheld by the tribe until the recommendations are complied with.

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