March 9, 2015
As previously reported, Jasper County has applied for a 6-month extension to complete the audit for the year that ended June 30, 2014. The audit was originally due by 12/31/14.
Jasper County’s audit has always been submitted on time until last year when Karen Degges became County Manager. It was submitted about 1 month late. This year it will be submitted sometime before June 30, 2015.
Watch this video:
Mike Benton, county finance director, says several things had to be “re-done” and several things were left “undone” and that’s the reason for the delay and the extension. He repeated, “So much had to be done that was not done.”
Now who has been the Finance Director before he took over? Karen Degges, our County Manager/Financial Director. It is hard to get things done when you are out of the office for a week at a time, take 2 hour lunches and come in late almost every morning. During the entire week of February 23 –February 27, Ms. Degges was out of the office again, and out of town. Even though we have asked just how much Paid Time Off (PTO) Ms. Degges has left, we never could get a clear answer because she refused to give us the answer.
Based on several comments by Comm. Trammell in BOC meetings, Mike Benton is working late and on week-ends. He must be trying hard to find that $640,000 surplus Karen Degges said the audit would show in her presentation to the BOC.