State Audit Shows SW Mo. Court Needs Improving

Posted: May 26, 2013 4:39 PM by Associated Press

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FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A state audit shows a southwest Missouri judicial circuit hasn't been efficient in collecting money and was still owed about $1 million.

The audit of the Taney County Judicial Circuit also shows loose controls of checks, lax money collection processes and that the court held thousands of dollars that should've been disbursed.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the report from State Auditor Tom Schweich says the overall performance of the court was "fair," but that the court didn't use all of its abilities to collect funds. As a result, it was owed about $1 million by the end of 2012.

Circuit Clerk Brenda Neal says her office is short-staffed, which causes delays. She also says she'll consider using the state's collection program to get the the court is owed.

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