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Days of reconciliation

August 28, 2008 - Rob Weaver
Ouch. The few comments offered regarding this week's online poll indicate the commentators didn't care for the question.

“The head pollster must be on vacation and his replacement lacks knowledge in current affairs ...” was one comment. I won't repeat the other response, other than to note the word “bowel” was misspelled.

No, the head pollster isn't on vacation. In fact, he consulted with the news staff on what to ask this week. County Reporter Kevin Risner suggested a unique take on the county bookkeeping situation (which sure seems like a current affair).

Because we have been reporting on the lack of recent reconciliation of the county's books, we thought it would be interesting to ask our readers how often they review their own checkbook ledger.

So far, 358 people have responded. To their credit, 79 percent say they handle the chore weekly or monthly.

The phrasing of the question — How often do you reconcile your checking account records? — was chosen to mean more than subtracting each check or debit card transaction from a checking account balance. We want to know how often people double check that record with bank statements.

If you don't do this, I recommend it. The task can reveal useful information. Perhaps you'll learn you omitted a deposit — good news! Or maybe you'll find you missed a deduction. That's also good to know.

Either way, it's a useful exercise. Plus, you can see where all that money goes. ...


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