County Officials Discuss State Audit Report Findings

Washita County officials met Monday, May 20, 2019, and discussed the findings from the recently released State Auditor and Inspector’s report for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. The report, released May 2, 2019, detailed several issues with Washita County’s internal financial controls, which could potentially create serious financial problems for the county.

The two reports were essentially the same, as both audits were conducted at the same time and the findings issued together. The 2017 report included five issues related to internal financial controls and reporting, three related to the management and reporting of federal grant programs, and one related to the Washita County Sheriff’s Department’s handling of the inmate trust fund.

The discussion began during the meeting of the Washita County Excise Board. Washita County Clerk Kristen Dowell told the excise board members, Jimmy Musick, Keith Weichel, and Jerry Burrows, that the biggest issue in the audit stemmed from an old accounting process that listed the Public Facility Authority as part of the county’s general fund. That inclusion, she said, is what caused the county’s financial statements to be overstated by approximately $2 million.

 

 

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