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Press release from State Auditor Tom Schweich

JEFFERSON CITY (Oct. 5, 2012)State Auditor Tom Schweich released the audit of Carter County today.  State law requires the auditor to audit all counties that do not elect a county auditor. 

In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Poor. 

The general revenue fund is in poor financial condition.  The ending cash balance was $85,966 at the end of 2009 and is budgeted to be only $641 at the end of 2012, and this does not take into account significant liabilities totaling approximately $198,000. 

The county collector cannot account for at least $3,817 in property tax receipts received but not deposited between November 2010 and December 2011.  Cash and check receipts totaling at least $2,498 were received but not deposited, and check overpayments of $1,319 were received, but corresponding cash in this amount was not deposited.  The county collector does not always refund tax overpayments or issue checks for refunds and did not realize a $3,015 overpayment received in December 2010 needed to be refunded to the taxpayer until April 2012 when audit staff brought this to her attention.  Our prior audit reports have also noted significant weaknesses in the county collector's accounting controls and procedures.

As noted in our prior audit report, weaknesses in accounting controls and procedures also exist in the sheriff's office.  Receipts are kept in a box accessible to all employees and visitors, and the sheriff's bank account showed negative balances for April and December 2011.

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