Mateel Community Center Faces Scrutiny
Last evening, Ed Voice, a former local who advocates against activities that impact the South Fork of the Eel River, sent out an email to most local media outlets with an attached letter addressed to the Mateel Community Center from the office of California’s Attorney General. The letter, dated November 9th, says the Mateel has 60 days to come into compliance with their annual “independent audits” for 2014 and 2105. The Mateel Board of Directors, while aware of the deadline, had not yet received the letter.
Justine Ketola, Marketing Manager for the Mateel sent out a letter this morning in response explaining,
“We are currently working with our auditor to complete our 2015 audit, 2014 has just been finished and submitted. All of this will be resolved by mid-December.
In the State of California any charitable corporation with gross annual revenue of $2 million or more AND that is already required to file reports with the General Attorney (SIC), must file an audited financial statement prepared by an independent CPA. This is not an IRS audit.”
Board President Garth Epling, in a phone conversation, explained that because the Mateel’s budget, with Reggae on the River included, crossed into a new threshold that required auditing the Mateel had not previously needed, the Mateel was initially unaware of the requirements. Additionally, the process has taken more time than the Board expected, but the 2014 audit is filed and the 2015 audit will be submitted before the deadline. And the tax forms for 2016 are on time as well.
The Board holds its annual Membership Meeting next week on Tuesday, November 21. The Board will give a full report to the community on the progress of this and other issues.