Office of the State Auditor of Missouri
Claire McCaskill


August 1, 2001

Report No. 2001-57

IMPORTANT:The Missouri State Auditor is required by Missouri law to conduct audits only once every four years in counties, like Harrison, which do not have a county auditor.However, to assist such counties in meeting federal audit requirements, the State Auditor will also perform a financial and compliance audit of various county operating funds every two years.This voluntary service to Missouri counties can only be provided when state auditing resources are available and does not interfere with the State Auditor�s constitutional responsibility of auditing state government. 

Once every four years, the State Auditor�s statutory audit will cover additional areas of county operations, as well as the elected county officials,as required by Missouri�s Constitution.��

This audit of Harrison County was a financial and compliance audit of various county operating funds. 

The financial condition of the 911 Fund is declining because of increasing operating costs.The cash balance at December 31, 2000 was $79,419 and the 2001 fiscal year budget expenditures projects an ending fund balance of $14,869.The county provides dispatching services for a number of entities and does not recover the majority of the related costs; only two of nine entities pay the county for 911 services. 

On May 15, 2001, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down an opinion that holds that all raises given pursuant to this statute section are unconstitutional.While the action taken by the 1997 salary commission was not voted under Section 50.333.13 RSMo, due to the Supreme Court decision, the salary commission should reevaluate the decision to give mid-term salary increases to all officials.The County Commission indicated they will ask the county�s legal counsel to review this matter and will discuss it at the 2001 salary commission meeting.

The audit also includes some matters related to related to the large cash balance of the Special Road and Bridge Fund, monitoring of reimbursements for bridge projects, misclassification of Special Road and Bridge Fund expenditures, and County Commission minutes, upon which the county should consider and take appropriate corrective action.

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