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Budgeting Concerns in Audit of Southern Dallas County Fire Protection District

BUFFALO, Mo. -- Schweich says citizens submitted a petition with 257 verified signatures, 57 more than the 200 the district was required by law to obtain for a state audit.
BUFFALO, Mo. -- State Auditor Tom Schweich has released a "fair" assessment of the Southern Dallas County Fire Protection District.

Schweich says citizens submitted a petition with 257 verified signatures, 57 more than the 200 the district was required by law to obtain for a state audit.

According to the audit, annual budgets approved by the Fire Protection Board are not adequate or in compliance with state law. Schweich says the board "does not monitor budget to actual receipts and disbursements, and actual disbursements exceeded the overall budget by $15,504."

Schweich goes on to say the secretary/treasurer does not provide the board with sufficient monthly financial reports, so the board cannot effectively monitor the district's financial activity and condition.
 
The audit alleges the district did not segregate accounting duties performed by the secretary/treasurer or conduct a supervisory review. Schweich says the district does not follow-up on outstanding checks and does not issue receipt slips for monies received. He says the district does not properly report wages, withhold employee payroll taxes from, or pay the employer share of taxes on compensation paid to the secretary/treasurer.
 
To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, click here.
http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Press/2013-062.pdf
 
  
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