Washington County receives state audit report

WASHINGTON COUNTY — State Auditor Rob Sand released the audit report for Washington County last week.

Overall the county had a 14.2 percent increase in revenue totaling $25,755,632 for the year ended June 30, 2019. However expenses also increased 5.8 percent to $20,575,187.

The significant increase in the revenues is due primarily to increase in property tax revenue for debt service payments and an increase in prisoner care due to housing more out of County prisoners,” according to the release.

Eight findings related to the receipt and expenditure of taxpayer funds were reported, the release states. Six of the eight were repeated from the year before and address issues such as lack of segregation of duties, lack of independent verification and review of the existence of capital assets and lack of policies and procedures over computer systems.” Sand provided recommendations to county officials on how to addresses echo of the above items.

“The County Board of Supervisors and other elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to provide oversight of the County’s operations and financial transactions. Oversight is typically defined as the ‘watchful and responsible care’ a governing body exercises in its fiduciary capacity,” the release states.