Audit Gives Morgan County Bad Grade

5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 29 2014 Apr 29, 2014 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:19:00 AM CDT April 29, 2014 in News
By: Brent Pearson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MORGAN COUNTY - State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Morgan County Tuesday.

The audit stated the overall performance of Morgan County was poor. 

According to the audit:

  • The county over collected property taxes by $1.8 million. The county incorrectly certified a tax rate with a voluntary reduction instead of a sales tax reduction for the three years ending Dec. 31, 2008, thereby reducing its tax rate ceiling beginning in 2009.
  • The county was apparently unaware of the reduced tax rate ceiling and used incorrect tax rate ceilings when preparing it sales tax reduction rates for 2009 through 2011, showing an under collection of property taxes each year when there was actually an over correction.
  • The audit was unable to determine if all sheriff's monies were accounted for, deposited and disbursed properly.
  • Prosecuting Attorney personnel do not prepare a monthly list of liabilities for the restitution and bad check account, so liabilities are not compared to the reconciled bank balance, and this account contained an identified overage of $1,969. At March 31, 2013, 39 checks totaling $4,018 had been outstanding for over a year in the restitution and bad checks account.
Schweich's office said it will return to Morgan County to conduct a follow-up review.

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