City of Smiths Station receives clean opinion on 2018 audit

Photo by Morgan Bryce

By Morgan Bryce

Ben Rulon from the Columbus-based accounting firm Albright, Fortenberry and Ninas informed Smiths Station City Council members that the city received a clean opinion on its 2018 audit reports at last Tuesday’s regular meeting.
During his presentation, Rulon informed council members on specifics of the city’s financial situation and concluded that the city’s unassigned fund balance supports 15 months of operating expenses.
The council also approved a resolution declaring that the City of Smiths Station will participate in the Alabama Department of Revenue’s statewide “Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” that starts at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 22 and runs through Feb. 24 at midnight. To view the full list of tax-exempt items offered that weekend, visit
In other business, the council:

  • approved the audit report presented by Rulon
  • approved a reimbursement to Mayor Bubba Copeland for his cellular phone usage
  • and heard reports from Copeland on the progress of the Jones Store Museum project which is slated for completion later this year.
    The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T. Their meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771.


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