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Toombs Commission Hears Audit Report
Tuesday, 08 September 2009

September 8--  Toombs County commissioners spent most of their September meeting Tuesday hearing a report on the county's 2008 audit. 

The audit by McLain, Calhoun, McCullough, Clark and Company included a discussion of 16 errors which auditors say could have resulted in losses to the county.

Among the errors, the audit said the election official contracted by the county to conduct last year's elections was not certified to do so.  The county says the contract was completed by former Probate Judge Jackie Driskoll.  Officials say the recent establishment of a permanent Board of Elections and Registrars will "permanently solve this problem."

Commission chairman Buddy West said many of the problems noted in the audit have already been corrected by his administration and new county manager Doug Eaves.  Some issues will also require corrective action by constitutional officers over whom the commissioners have no control.

Eaves told the commission spending is down five percent this year, that the county's budget for next year should be ready for review by the end of the month, and that the county is taking another look at health insurance for employees due to a higher than expected quote from Blue Cross-Blue Shield.

The commission is holding a called meeting September 15th at four p.m. to discuss health insurance with local agent Glenn Mixon and to discuss a possible new location for a fourth trash and recycling center.

Citizen Charles Hart of the Marvin Community asked the commission to consider the convenience of the location of the center serving his community.  Commissioner Steve Brown told Hart the county is always willing to reassess the location of the centers and more than the planned five may be needed in the future.

The commission was also informed by local Red Cross Director Donna Lee that the Red Cross has found a new home in Lyons.  It's near the courthouse at 210 West Liberty Street.  

Lee, who also serves as the Chief of the South Thompson Volunteer Fire Department, reported she's giving up the job which is being assumed by former chief David Kilgore.

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