County audit problems

External auditors have found Cache County out of compliance with state and county codes in many different areas. The county’s own audit committee members say they have accepted the firm’s recommendations and have already come up with a corrective action plan.

Suggested plans for remedying the problems were outlined by Scott Burton and Mike Kidman of the Jones-Simkins accounting firm. They began an extended audit after residents expressed concerns about improper tax write-offs.

During a long discussion where various problems were explained, Burton cited numerous issues with the county code.

“Within the county code, settlements are only supposed to be granted for the most recent tax year,” Burton said. “So if someone owes five years of back taxes, the county code says we can only offer relief through the settlement process for the last year of those five years. All the rest needs to be paid in full. Some of the settlement actions taken deviate from that rule.” 

Burton said no evidence was found of misappropriation of assets or fraudulent transactions. Rather, he said, the county has for some time been involved with practices which are in conflict with the law.  

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