State auditor calls for more oversight of Linn County tax system

2 years 10 months 4 days ago Monday, June 13 2016 Jun 13, 2016 Monday, June 13, 2016 10:41:00 AM CDT June 13, 2016 in News
By: Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of Linn County government Monday, which called for increased protection of citizen data in the property tax system. 

The audit found multiple employees of the tax collector-treasurer's office shared login information, which increased the risk of unauthorized access to the system. 

"Any time employees have access to sensitive information, it's critical safeguards are in place to keep taxpayer data secure," Auditor Galloway said. "If a breach occurs in an office where employees share user IDs and passwords, it can be difficult to determine what led to the breach, and how to prevent it in the future."

Auditors also found employees had the ability to change individual tax records. 

In addition to the treasurer's office, the audit found the Linn County Sheriff's Office kept an inadequate log of seized properties. Although the sheriff said his office keeps an evidence log and destruction orders for seized properties, he could not find the log or the destruction orders. 

Auditors recommended new procedures to ensure accurate recording of receipts for money received by the county clerk and the collector-treasurer, including segregating duties for the two positions or increasing reviews of accounting and bank records in the prosecuting attorney's office. 

The audit received an overall rating of "good."

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