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County gets good marks on audit report
Kingman County's books are in order. That was the good news received at the county commission meeting last week when Jason Mitchell, from the Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball auditing firm gave them their annual audit report.
Counties and cities have an audit each year to make sure books are in order and that records are being kept properly.
"We had a very good audit report. They gave us letter regarding their findings and it was very positive," county commission member Carol Voran said.
The audit report found no discrepancies and all the accounts balanced.
Voran credited the work of Linda Langley, who works for the county treasurer's office and serves as the internal auditor for the county.
Voran said the county also installed more checks and balances in the overall system.
"You can't just have one person doing things. There has to be checks and balances," she said.
The audit report commended that move and was a good thing the county had installed.
Voran also noted the county stayed within its budget, and did not amend the budget, last year.
The county also has a healthy carry over, or cash reserve.
Seven or eight years ago it was very low, and at a critical level, Voran said.
Mitchell said that was one thing his report stressed, the job the county has done in building up some cash reserves.
“They have done a good job of setting aside reserves for things like road projects or emergencies,” Mitchell said.
He and his company, based in Hutchinson, have been doing Kingman County's audit for several years, and they do a lot of audits for governmental agencies.
He said it was commendable they had been able to build up reserves considering the fact that many small rural towns and counties are struggling to make ends meet.
He added that the state has been adding limits on things like property taxes and cash reserves, and he feels that may handicap some small towns and counties.
Voran credited the staff with keeping books in order and with making sure they did not again get to a low point.
"There are reasons we don't have a county manager," she said. One of those is the quality of the staff.
There were some minor issues the auditors cited, but those are things the county can take care of.
Voran said she has seen progress in recent years with increasing efficiency. A positive audit report is a step in that direction.
County officials are now working on next year's budget, which will be finished in August.
According to the audit, the county finished 2015 with an unencumbered cash balance of $918,078. The actual expenses were $3.4 million, and the county spent about $228,000 less than was budgeted.
The unencumbered cash balance at the end of 2014 was $635,661.
At the end of 2009, the unencumbered general fund cash balance was at $98,869.