The audit prompted two Walton officials to attend training, which is good as far as it goes. But this whole matter could possibly have been avoided if they had gotten the proper training when they took office.
The audit found no evidence of ill intent, fraud or corruption. But a system that allows simple human error to go unchecked can be just as damaging. We’re glad to see Walton getting started down the right path, but it doesn’t excuse the gross negligence that was shown here. We hope this incident is instructive to other municipalities, and encourages other officials to get the training they need to ensure that public funds are handled responsibly.