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Butler Co. audit report released, notes some concerns

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit report of the Butler County government on Monday, Dec. 7.

In the report, Galloway identified multiple findings that have been included in previous reports of the county.

"My report highlights concerns within Butler county government operations, but also offers recommendations for improvement," Auditor Galloway said. "I'm hopeful Butler County officials will use this information to make improvements that strengthen government accountability for their citizens." 

The report makes recommendations to improve the security of electronic data in the county's possession.

Currently, county employees are not required to change their passwords on a regular basis and passwords are not kept confidential in some offices, which increases risk of unauthorized access to information.

The audit also identified issues with computer system access in the county collector's office.

The county collector and staff are responsible for collecting property tax receipts in the system. This is a way to ensure effective checks and balances, and has been noted in two prior audit reports.

Additionally, the audit found the county collector's financial activities are not adequately reviewed, including preparation of the county's annual settlement.

Butler County Presiding Commissioner Vince Lampe released the following statement:

"That is the highest rating butler county has received in quite sometime and we have implemented the steps need to correct issues."

The complete audit report, which received an overall rating of "good," is available by clicking here.

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