Taney County, Missouri, commissioners recently voted unanimously to request that the state auditor's office carry out a comprehensive investigation into its financial operations, the Branson Tri-Lakes News reports.
Presiding commissioner Ron Houseman said he believed an accounts payable audit would uncover numerous discrepancies, including incorrect tax disbursements to school districts, questionable travel expenditures, a lack of record keeping and "a host of other unanswered questions," as quoted by the news source.
Following the county's last audit, conducted in 2002, the state made a number of recommendations – most of which were not adequately implemented, according to Houseman.
Western district commissioner Jim Strafuss noted that while he would appreciate audit solutions and suggestions from the state, he didn't anticipate that the effort would uncover anything untoward. However, eastern district commissioner Danny Strahan said he would support a grand jury investigation to "look into some things," as quoted by the media outlet.
In addition to uncovering incidents of embezzlement and misappropriation, AP audits reveal inadequate or inefficient processes among organizations of all sizes that can then be addressed accordingly.