CHEROKEE COUNTY, KS.--- Cherokee County commissioners passed a resolution to help the treasurer's office improve their financial management procedures. The resolution was passed after the most recent county audit found numerous instances of poor record-keeping. It's designed to clearly outline the financial controls and procedures the county treasurer's office should follow. The first three sections of the resolution begins with the reconciliation of the county's bank accounts, outstanding checks, and outstanding deposits.
"We're just hoping our next audits from here on out will be clean. We won't have any red flags pop up. Obviously, the concerns we have right now are corrected and we don't have them anymore," said Richard Hilderbrand, County Commissioner.
Other sections of the resolution cover basic accounting procedures like maintaining journal entries and detailed receipt reports. The resolution was drafted by Kevin Cure, the county's attorney and pre-apporved by the auditor.
"What we did was we wrote up a resolution that reflected what the auditor recommended, there should be changes implemented in the treasurer's office and the other county offices to assure that we have clean annual audit reports," said Kevin Cure, County Attorney.
The commissioners are hoping that now the treasurer's duties have been clearly defined in this resolution. The county will begin to see a difference in the way the treasurer's office operates. County Treasurer Juanita Hodgson had no objections to the resolution this morning.
"There's things in there that I did like that the commissioners have to approve before anything goes out because they have all these other years. Checks were going out without our approval, so there's things in there I like," said Juanita Hodgson, County Treasurer.
The county is currently under going a second audit that is costing tax payers more than $30,000. For more infromation about the resolution that was passed this morning, click here.
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