Auditor Galloway releases audit of New Madrid County government

Saturday, October 28, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a regularly scheduled audit of New Madrid County, located in southeast Missouri. The audit, which received an overall rating of good, found several areas within county government where oversight could be improved.


"Checks and balances ensure taxpayer dollars are accounted for accurately and any misuse of funds is identified and addressed quickly," Auditor Galloway said. "New Madrid County officials have pledged to address these concerns, and I urge them to move forward in implementing improved processes and procedures."


The report identified the need for improved oversight within the property tax system, sheriff's office and prosecuting attorney's office. Recommendations include having a secondary review of financial transactions or making sure the same individual is not responsible for all financial activity. 


Because counties are managed by several separately-elected individuals, an audit finding made with respect to one office does not necessarily apply to the operations in another office. The overall rating assigned to the county is intended to reflect the performance of the county as a whole. It does not indicate the performance of any one elected official or county office.

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