The daughter of Stewart County’s engineer, who was working as a part-time bookkeeper in the Highway Department, received health insurance benefits reserved for full-time employees, a state audit of the county’s finances has found.
Her annual salary totaled $11,600 (including paid leave and holidays she was also not eligible for) in fiscal year 2010, but her health insurance benefits cost county taxpayers more than $6,000. The audit by the state comptroller’s office says she was removed from the county insurance at the end of 2009, although it also noted that the “deficiency” resulted from “management’s failure to correct the finding noted in the prior-year audit report.” No word on whether anyone’s paying the county back the cost of the insurance and paid leave.
Auditors also noted that the schools’ accounting staff does not have the ability to produce financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The schools’ management said they’re getting training on how to produce the reports.
The school system also mismanaged a bid for a special-needs bus, and failed to seek competitive bids for $10,075 in computers, auditors found, though the schools’ management questioned those findings.