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State audit finds accounting concerns in Bullock County

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UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - The State Board of Examiners found that the Bullock County Commission had trouble keeping track of millions of dollars.  Audits found a number of material weaknesses in the county's financial reporting, which have the potential for making it difficult to get an accurate read on the county's finances.   The audit covered the 2008-2009 fiscal year, and County Commissioners said the accounts have been reconciled. 

Auditors found accounts payable and expenditures were overstated by more than $1 million in the general fund, and they found similar issues in other funds.  Auditors also questioned some leave and comp time reports.  They found the county paid $61,000 for supplies and $24,000 for food at the county jail, without putting that out for bid, a violation of state law.

The County Commission promised to look at changes in the bidding process.   It blamed the accounting errors on switching to a new computer system. 

 "I thought it was a helpful tool to show us what needs to be done, so that we can get on the right track," said Ronald Smith, the president of the County Commission. 

Smith stresses that the audit found no missing taxpayer money.   Residents we talked with say despite the issues they trust the county commissioners to do the right thing.

"I did find that alarming, but given the fact that I'm a local resident of Bullock County, and pretty much have knowledge of the different people in the community," said Chequetta Johnson-Green, a Bullock County resident.  "I feel that we're on the right road now and things are going to be worked out."

And Ron Smith says the county commission has taken steps to ensure the county is on solid financial ground.  He said the next audit will find many of the problems have been eliminated. 

A copy of the audit can be found here: http://www.examiners.state.al.us/PDFs/Audit10-0478.pdf

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