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January 14, 2005

Official concerned with audit findings

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp said Thursday he is concerned about "deficiencies" that have been identified in recent audit reports on Jefferson County government.

One of the deficiencies has shown expenditures in excess of the balance in the Jefferson County Commission office, Surkamp said.

Surkamp said he brought up the issue during the regular Jefferson County Commission meeting because he thinks the commissioners are concerned about a state of "laxity."

The audits are conducted by the West Virginia Auditor's Office, Surkamp said.

Jefferson County Administrator Leslie Smith said the deficiencies involved a hotel and motel tax that is collected in the county.

The county budget must include an estimate of how much money will be generated from the tax and how much will be spent, Smith said.

In the situations identified in the audit reports, more money was generated through the tax, therefore more money was spent, Smith said.


Manuel appointed to highway committee

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel was appointed Thursday to an organization that will seek funding for local highway improvements and other projects.

Besides seeking funding to upgrade roads like W.Va. 9, Interstate 81 and U.S. 340, the Eastern Panhandle Transportation Authority also could work to develop projects like bicycle paths along new highway systems, Manuel said.

Manuel will represent Jefferson County with two other members. Each of the three Eastern Panhandle counties will have three representatives on the authority, Manuel said.

- Dave McMillion

County Clerk available via e-mail

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In an ongoing effort to raise the level of customer service in the Jefferson County Clerk's office, County Clerk Jennifer Maghan can now be reached by e-mail.

Citizens also may register to receive e-mails through a Yahoo group that will deliver important messages from the county clerk.

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