Barton County discovers extra money in account

Published On: Aug 06 2014 05:43:17 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 09 2014 05:33:09 PM CDT

Barton County discovered they had more than $580,000 extra in their account, when they hired an outside group to help the county treasurer’s office with reconciling its bank accounts and tax rolls. Now the treasurer has to figure out where the money belongs.

The county administrator says that the extra money was because the treasurer hadn’t been keeping timely records of transactions.

“When you’re doing your personal banking account, hopefully, when you get your paycheck you record that into your check book,” county administrator Richard Boeckman said. “When you’re writing checks, you are going ahead and recording those in your checkbook in a timely fashion and your balancing. The problem was, the treasurer’s office did not do these functions on a timely basis.”

Boeckman says that the money may have a home, the treasurer has to figure out where that is. Once he does the accounts can be audited and the county commissioners can plan the 2015 budget.  He said that they had been aware of the issues back in September and made sure the county commission and treasurer knew about it.