Auditor gives 'fair' rating to Ripley Co. government

Auditor gives 'fair' rating to Ripley Co. government

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A southeast Missouri county government has room to improve after being audited by the state.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway rated the overall performance of the Ripley County government as "fair."

The Nov. 2016 report, according to Galloway, "identifies areas for improvements in the county collector's office, and raises concerns about the county's use of public equipment to make improvements to personal property."

The audit shows the Road and Bridge Department is not being fully compensated by residents for grading services on private property. The donation of $65 an hour is expected to be paid to the department by the individual after making a request for services.

Galloway states the county does not follow up with an invoice for the work done which can lead to owners not making payments. The cost is then passed to taxpayers if it is not paid.

In 2015, the county department completed $601 worth of work, but only received $341 in donations.

The county has not received $1,000 in donations from residents since 2008, according to the auditor.

This is a violation of the of the Missouri Constitution to use public dollars for private purposes.

Furthermore, Galloway states the report recommends the county improve management of finances in the prosecuting attorney's office. It also shows a lack of oversight and review over property tax collections.

To read the entire audit, click here.

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