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MERCER COUNTY, MO (2009-10-27) A State Audit of Mercer County government shows mis-communication between the financial offices.
The Audit says cash balances did not match the treasurer's annual statement. Investigator also found even though the County has no investment money, an investment policy is still required by law and Mercer County does not have that policy on file. Mercer County also did not develop budgets for 11 different areas of operation, including for the surplus tax, community development block grants, and the supplemental deputy sheriff's salary. County officials say now that they have a new computer system it's helping budget procedures. Local officials also say they weren't aware employee pay rates had to be documented, but have corrected not having the information of when and how much an employee's salary changes. State Auditors also found Mercer County didn't solicit bids for several major purchases, has poor documentation for credit card purchases, and found violations of the closed meetings laws.
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