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KPMG LLP <br />Chartered A ccountant s <br />618 G reenwood Centre <br />3290 Deziei Drive <br />Windsor ON NBVV 5K8 <br />AUDITORS'REPORT <br />Telephone (519) 251 - 8500 <br />Fax (51 9) 251 -3580 <br />(519) 251.3540 <br />Internet www.kpmg.ca <br />To the 'harden and Members of Council of the Corporation of the County of Essex: <br />We have audited the consolidated statement of financial position of the Corporation of the County of <br />Essen as at December 31, 2 009 and the consolidated st atements of operations and accumulated <br />surplus, changes in net financial assets and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial <br />statements are the responsibility of the County's management. Our responsibility is 'to express an <br />opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. <br />We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those <br />standards require that w plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the <br />financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, <br />evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes <br />assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as <br />evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. <br />In our opinion, these financial statements present fairy,, in all material respects, the financial position <br />of the County as at December 31, 2 009 and the results of its operations and changes in net financial <br />assets and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted <br />accounting principles. <br />Chartered Accountants, Licensed Public Accountants <br />Windsor, Canada <br />June 4, 2 <br />KRAG LLP is a Canadian Itmited 63biky par´┐Żtner5hip and a mamber firm of the KPMG <br />notwork of independent Member f irms affiliated KP G Intetnafi Coopamtive <br />l "KPMG Internationall, a Svvi55 LInlity, <br />KPfv G Canada nrovidos 5ervice5 tO KPMG LLP <br />