Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced today that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Cedar County, located in western Missouri. The county's most recent audit was released in January 2013, and received an overall performance rating of "fair."
In the 2013 audit, auditors found the county failed to solicit and document bids as required by state law and paid some vendors more than the prices quoted during the bidding process. The county also did not have adequate supporting documentation for approximately $40,000 in legal fees, and did not document how it evaluated and selected architectural and engineering services related to construction of a new county facility. Auditors identified $57,000 in money due to the county's Assessment Fund, after the county collector inaccurately calculated amounts to be withheld from tax collections for the fund. Auditors also raised concerns with accounting controls and procedures for both the prosecuting attorney's and sheriff's offices. In addition, county procedures for closed meetings did not fully comply with Sunshine Law requirements. These findings will be reviewed during the course of the upcoming audit. The complete report for the 2013 audit can be found online here.
Individuals with information for consideration related to the audit of Cedar County are invited to contact the State Auditor's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-8597.