Kentucky’s auditor said Crittenden County needs to address weak internal controls over debt, disbursements and payroll found in a state audit released Monday.
State Auditor Mike Harmon said the county charged $1.2 million in the 2016 fiscal year that was not in its budget. Harmon said any bill should be budgeted or get pre-approved by the fiscal court.
“It appears that a lot of these were incurred and then approved by the fiscal court following, which you know, unfortunately, that’s not a very good check and balance,” Harmon said. “Once you’ve paid it, it’s kind of hard to get that back.”
Crittenden County also overstated how much debt they had by more than $180,000. Harmon said this was due to the county not updating their financial statement properly.
The audit states five credit card transactions had missing invoices and were charged to the wrong account. The county also overpaid more than $400 for a cargo van. Health insurance claims were also not budgeted and retirement contributions were incorrect.