The City Audtior’s Office in Lowell, Mass. reportedlycould not locate the paper invoices for approximately 25 percent of the city’s spending information on investigatory firms. The invoices were for for exploring city employees from the last six fiscal years.
According to the Lowell Sun, invoices for the fiscal year 2009 were missing. A city employee told the news source that there is a large storage area in the Lowell City Hall attic and that is where old invoices and documents are typically filed.
“The explanation I was given was that some boxes over time have been damaged and the area is quite dirty as well,” Auditor Hannah York wrote in an email to the news source. “There are hundreds of boxes up there. So more than likely, they are up there, but (the employee) was just unable to locate them at the time due to the dirt, damage, inaccessibility or just mislabeling.”
However, the invoices that were found, had some information blacked out. Specifically, York told the Sun that some invoices had no subject of the investigation given, while others listed a subject but it was blacked out.
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