SACRAMENTO — The California parks department had accounting problems for longer than previously revealed, according to an audit released Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown's Finance Department, and officials had no plans to spend $3.9 million in unused donations.
The audit said department officials had been inaccurately reporting the amount of money in two accounts since at least 1993. That's about a decade longer than finance officials identified this summer, when it was revealed that parks had a hidden surplus of $54 million.
The controller's office, which signs the state's checks, was getting correct information from the parks department, the audit said. But the Department of Finance, which works with the governor to create a state budget, was not. Finance officials were not comparing the two sets of data until this year.
Parks officials were "intentionally under-reporting fund balances to Finance for development of the Governor's Budget," the audit said. The audit did not assign blame or say why the money was reported inaccurately.