Audit finds Andrew County collected more than $270,000 of property taxes in error

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the audit on Thursday giving Andrew County an overall rating of "good" after finding miscalculations related to property taxes.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 11:39 AM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 11:40 AM

(JEFFERSON CITY) A state audit found an error led Andrew County to collect $270,217 too much in property taxes between 2014-2017.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the audit on Thursday giving Andrew County an overall rating of "good" after finding miscalculations related to property taxes.

The property tax miscalculations came after Andrew County residents approved a sales tax with a property tax reduction of 50-percent. State law requires property taxes to be reduced by a certain percentage of the total revenue generated by the sales tax.

The audit said county officials have developed a four-year plan to correct the error.

The report also pointed to concerns involving the financial condition of the county and a series of loans officials took out to purchase new Sheriff Office vehicles.

The audit shows the county used general operating funds to boost the Law Enforcement Fund, which is operating at a deficit. The auditor's report expressed concern that could leave the county unable to address budget shortfalls in the event of a financial emergency.

Click here to see a complete copy of the report.

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