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The auditor initially hired, Eide Bailly, could not complete the audit due to a host of missing numbers from the county. So, a second auditor, Poysti & Adams, was hired in October to help find the missing data. Additionally, the county paid a financial services company (CRS of Colorado) to help keep track of expenditures. All told, this audit will cost county taxpayers over $100,000. Also, the 2014 proposed budget which was due to the State on 15 October, still has not been published. BTW, Eide Bailly performed the audit for the 2011 budget, which was also late due to county mismanagement. So glad that county residents voted no on the property tax increase!1 month ago
Contacting the Local Government Audit Division at the Office of the State Auditor today I learned that Elbert County was given an extension until September 30th to complete their 2012 audit. They have missed that date and beginning tomorrow, Oct 19th, the state will start withholding tax revenues owed to the county. Stay tuned.....2 months ago
Primary reasons for my distrust of two commissioners, Robert Rowland and Kurt Schlegel: Schlegel has been on watch for almost 3 years and still can't figure out how to meet state mandated budget reporting deadlines. The 2012 audited budget was due to the Office of the State Auditor on July 31. The county was given an extension. Schlegel reported in a public meeting on Oct 2 that the numbers were at the auditor. Rowland reported in another public meeting on 15 Oct that the auditor didn't have all the numbers they needed to complete the audit and could he please get a recommendation for another auditor. The state may authorize withholding tax revenues if we miss the extension date. The 2014 budget proposal was due Oct 15, by state statute. Nowhere to be found. $15,000 spent on a consultant to tell the taxpayers we're broke and if you don't raise revenues your county services will be severely cut. Incomplete and inconsistent budget information, disregard of state laws, disrespect of county taxpayers, and incompetent hiring and firing decisions lead me to say, NO to ballot issue 1C. Commissioners, resign your positions and save the taxpayers some of their hard earned cash.2 months ago