Kentucky State Auditor

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has found a lack of accountability and transparency in 14 school districts that have been the focus of special reviews.

Edelen told the Interim Joint Committee on Education yesterday that in one case a former superintendent was found to have received $224,000 in unauthorized payments in a district where 90% of students are so poor they qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

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A state audit of Calloway County Attorney David Harrington’s office has found several issues with the handling of public funds. The state auditor’s office says they performed the audit after hearing concerns about possible mismanagement at the office.

The Kentucky State Auditor’s office found the Graves County Fiscal Court failed to properly pay a contractor and report funds. The auditor’s office 2010-2011 fiscal year report released today shows the county failed to promptly pay a contractor for nearly 1.6 million dollars in clean-up work related to the 2009 Ice Storm. The work was done in May 2009, but was not paid for until more than a year later, violating state statute which orders all contract work paid within 30 days.

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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday.

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says the McCracken County Clerk’s Office violated state statute in 2011. According to the annual audit report, the McCracken County Fiscal Court failed to set a maximum county clerk salary order, which the clerk uses to hire deputies and assistants and provide fringe benefits.

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The Kentucky state auditor’s office found several non-compliance issues with the Caldwell County Fiscal Court’s financial practices. The comments came in the 2010-2011 fiscal year audit released today. The report found poor tax record keeping, and a lack of outside review.

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The Kentucky Personnel Board will open an investigation into alleged improprieties at the Department of Agriculture under former Commissioner Richie Farmer. Farmer served in the post from 2004 to 2011. 

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has found poor financial reporting practices at the Carlisle County Sheriff’s office in the department’s most recent audit.