We commend Ohio Auditor David Yost for his no-holds-barred language in assessing Liberty Township's financial situation in the 2010-11 fiscal audit released this year.
We also praise Liberty officials for apparently making so much progress since the audit period.
It would be extremely helpful for Liberty taxpayers if the two sides provided an update very soon, as in the next couple of months.
Yost called into question Liberty's ability to exist. The audit says, ''... the township has suffered recurring losses from operations and has a general fund balance deficit that raises substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.''
That echoed the warnings the Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board raised several years ago.
Trustees Jason Rubin and Stan Nudell were not in office at the time. Since taking office, Rubin, Nudell and Trustee Jodi Stoyak have wiped out $800,000 in bank debt, according to Township Administrator Patrick Ungaro.
They also ended the illegal practice of transferring money from police and fire funds into the general fund to pay for 911 service. They did this by eliminating township 911 service and opting for the more efficient and safer countywide system.
Trustees also eliminated the illegal practice of borrowing from the fire fund to pay police salaries. The Police Department's $250,000 debt to the Fire Department is now at $25,000, Ungaro said.
Although far from financially healthy, Liberty was able to repave some of its worst roads - Murray Hill, Shady, Eastlawn and part of East Liberty - this summer.
Rubin and Nudell are up for re-election in November. The township is also requesting a road levy on the same ballot. It would help voters make more informed decisions if, before the election, Yost's office released an update on the issues it raised for the 2010-11 audit period.