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April 23, 2012HOLT COUNTY, MO |  By: Wayman

Holt County Finances

State investigators say the Holt County Sheriff wasn't able to find nearly $2,000 in financial receipts, and money collected for gun permits weren't given to the county as required by state law.

Those are just some of the findings from an audit of Holt County by the state auditor's office. It calls accounting records "Poor" at the Sheriff's Department, pointing to the sheriff not being able to account for $700 which should have been collected for conceal and carry weapons permits but were not deposited. The office says the Sheriff's Department bought pre-paid phone cards for jail inmates to use, but as of May 23rd of last year was unable to account for more than 170 of those cards worth more than $1,700 to the county. The audit also sites the Sheriff's Department and Holt County Road Department failing to monitor fuel purchases and use, saying 2,700 gallons of fuel were not recorded in logs. The state also said the county clerk and other Holt County officials need to use better procedures to ensure property records are complete, and the Senior Citizens Service Board failed to write contracts with the 12 entities it provides funds to. Overall the state auditors found the performance of Holt County finances was "Fair", which is the next to bottom ranking the state gives in its assessment.