Item - 2012.AU7.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 11, 2012 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on July 3, 2012 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 11, 2012.

AU7.8 - Review of the Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 11, 12 and 13, 2012, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the City Manager to review the current management of all City-wide receivables.  Such a process should be a part of the ongoing shared service review.  The review should include an evaluation of centralizing the collection efforts of all outstanding receivables.

 

2.         City Council direct the Treasurer to review and update accounts receivable policies and procedures where appropriate.  A directive should also be issued to all staff responsible for the collection of receivables that all such policies and procedures should be complied with.

 

3.         City Council request the Treasurer to review current SAP management reports pertaining to the management of receivables.  The reports should contain relevant and current information and include performance management information.

 

4.         City Council request the Treasurer to implement an accounts receivable process that provides for timely management review of collection activity and disposition of accounts receivable.  Such process to include appropriate documentation and approval requirements.

 

5.         City Council request the Treasurer to periodically review inactive customer accounts with small balances where collection efforts have been exhausted and such accounts be written off in accordance with City bylaws.

 

6.         City Council request the Treasurer to clarify and document the roles and responsibilities of supervisory staff and accounts receivable staff to ensure due diligence in collection activities.  Staff roles and responsibilities should include collection activity, supervisory review and documentation requirements.

 

7.         City Council request the Treasurer to assess the feasibility of using the City SAP Financial System to the fullest extent in tracking actions taken on customer accounts sent to Legal Services and collection agencies.

 

8.         City Council request the Treasurer take steps to ensure the proper separation of duties by limiting access to users of the SAP accounts receivable functions.  In addition, user access should be reviewed periodically to ensure only those with a current and regular need are authorized to use the system.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 12, 2012) Report from the Auditor General on the Review of the Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48573.pdf
Appendix 1 - Review of The Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48574.pdf
Appendix 2 - Management’s Response
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48575.pdf

AU7.8 - Review of the Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the City Manager to review the current management of all City-wide receivables.  Such a process should be a part of the ongoing shared service review.  The review should include an evaluation of centralizing the collection efforts of all outstanding receivables.

 

2.         City Council direct the Treasurer to review and update accounts receivable policies and procedures where appropriate.  A directive should also be issued to all staff responsible for the collection of receivables that all such policies and procedures should be complied with.

 

3.         City Council request the Treasurer to review current SAP management reports pertaining to the management of receivables.  The reports should contain relevant and current information and include performance management information.

 

4.         City Council request the Treasurer to implement an accounts receivable process that provides for timely management review of collection activity and disposition of accounts receivable.  Such process to include appropriate documentation and approval requirements.

 

5.         City Council request the Treasurer to periodically review inactive customer accounts with small balances where collection efforts have been exhausted and such accounts be written off in accordance with City bylaws.

 

6.         City Council request the Treasurer to clarify and document the roles and responsibilities of supervisory staff and accounts receivable staff to ensure due diligence in collection activities.  Staff roles and responsibilities should include collection activity, supervisory review and documentation requirements. 

 

7.         City Council request the Treasurer to assess the feasibility of using the City SAP Financial System to the fullest extent in tracking actions taken on customer accounts sent to Legal Services and collection agencies.

 

8.         City Council request the Treasurer take steps to ensure the proper separation of duties by limiting access to users of the SAP accounts receivable functions.  In addition, user access should be reviewed periodically to ensure only those with a current and regular need are authorized to use the system.

Origin

(April 12, 2012) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

The Auditor General’s 2011 Work Plan included a review of the management and administration of City divisional accounts receivable.  The objective of this review was to assess divisional practices for billing and collecting service related revenue owed the City for services provided to customers.  Examples of divisional service related accounts receivable include recreational program registration fees, park facility rentals, rent for property administered by Facilities Management and street and road allowance fees collected by Transportation Services.  The audit did not include the management of property tax and water billing receivables.

 

The audit results are presented in the attached report entitled “Review of The Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable.”

 

This report contains eight recommendations along with a management response to each of the recommendations.  The implementation of these recommendations will improve accounts receivable collection efforts, operational efficiencies and internal controls.

Background Information

(April 12, 2012) Report from the Auditor General on the Review of the Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48573.pdf
Appendix 1 - Review of The Management of the City’s Divisional Accounts Receivable
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48574.pdf
Appendix 2 - Management’s Response
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-48575.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Vincent Crisanti (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council