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SPLOST Deposit "Inadvertent" Super Says
Tuesday, 03 March 2009

March 3--  The school superintendent in Montgomery County says his office "inadvertently" violated the rules regarding management of the school system's special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) account.

Dr. Lynn Batten issued a statement at Monday night's school board meeting after the Vidalia Advance newspaper filed a Freedom of Information request with the school system.

He said SPLOST funds totaling $600,000 were deposited in the school system's general operating account last August and September.  Such transfers are legal in order to reimburse the general operating account for SPLOST expenses, however, Batten says the transfers in these cases were done before the SPLOST expenses were incurred.  

Since then, he says SPLOST bills have been paid from the general fund and the balance of $287,552.77 has been returned to the SPLOST account.

Batten says the funds were accounted for at all times and steps have been taken to ensure it doesn't happen again. 

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