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Potomac Center to give back $80,000

July 24, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

An audit has found that the Potomac Center in Hagerstown improperly retained about $80,000 last year and has to give the money back to the state's general fund.

The finding was in a July 7 report prepared by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services' Office of Legislative Audits.

State agencies are audited at least once every three years.

The Potomac Center is a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

It has a licensed capacity for 63 residents, according to the audit report. In fiscal year 2009, the center had an average daily population of 52 residents and expenditures totaling about $9.7 million.

Cathy Marshall, director of the center, said the center was required to zero out its budget at the end of the year -- match all revenue to expenses -- but carried over $79,800. The center will return the money, she said.

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Marshall said the state spent a few months going through the Potomac Center's records as part of the audit. The improper retention of $79,800 was the only finding.

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