(Jefferson City) – State Auditor Tom Schweich has released the audit of Ozark County and given the county a “Fair” rating.
In a summary report released by the auditor’s office, Presiding Commissioner David Morrison may have had a conflict of interest when he signed a lease agreement between the county and a not-for-profit organization for which he served as president. The report also says that the county commission meetings do not reflect the discussion or vote to approve the lease, and it is not clear how the county established the lease rate of $300 per month or why it did not advertise the property for lease or solicit competitive bids.
The report also says Sheriff Raymond Pace did not solicit bids, as was required, to purchase a patrol sports utility vehicle and related equipment with federal funds and, six months later, purchased two similar vehicles for less.
The county is also accused of not sufficiently reducing the General Revenue property tax levy for sales tax receipts and has accumulated approximately $50,000 in excess property tax revenue. The report recommends the county commission should reduce the General Revenue property tax levy to compensate for the excess.
To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, click here.