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CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

State Auditor Tom Schweich has released an audit of Carter County and the overall performance of the county was rated poor. 

He says the general revenue fund is in poor financial condition. According to Schweich, 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. 

Also, Schweich says the county collector cannot account for at least $3,817 in property tax receipts received but not deposited between November 2010 and December 2011.

According to the auditor, 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.

According to Schweich, 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.

Schwich says prior audit reports have also noted significant weaknesses in the county collector's accounting controls and procedures. 

Also noted in prior audit reports, weaknesses in accounting controls and procedures also exist in the sheriff's office, according to the report.

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. 

To view the complete report, citizens summary and audit rating scale, visit:

http://auditor.mo.gov/view.aspx?id=2012124

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