Haywood County is bleeding red ink to the tune of more than $1.4 million in its solid waste disposal fund at the end of the last fiscal year, after state auditors adjusted the books to reflect the almost $1.8 million it will cost to close the county’s landfill and monitor it for three decades.
Auditors with the state comptroller’s office also found that Haywood County officials’ spending had exceeded appropriations in the Civil Defense and Parks and Fair Boards funds, the latter by almost $28,000.
Auditors had to correct various general ledger balances and criticized the county for not moving on a prior recommendation to train a staff member in the proper preparation of financial statements. Both problems had been reported for three or more years, auditors said, suggesting the county “is either unwilling or unable to address the deficiencies.”
The county also did not have a system for accounting for road materials on certain projects, auditors noted.
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