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.