The problem with the audits is only says there is shortage of money or an overspending of money - it doesn't say where it went, where it came from, or if a crime has happened.I am sorry for your loss.
Time will tell....now that the audit is out..the guilty can not hide for long.
Things don't look right - and to be honest - some warning bells went off in my head the day of the meeting while talking to various people that got me to checking deeper.
One of the problems with this type of format for discussion is the name calling and shooting at fish in a barrel...looks easy enough but really hard as the bullet just doesn't go anywhere once it hits water...lol
The other part is you are limited in the number of keystrokes and you don't have sufficient space to really put all thoughts together coherently and some thoughts get broken or just don't translate right on text. It sounds right to you when you right because you know what you are thinking and how you meant it to come out but sometimes it appears differently later when you finally re-read it or it is not clear to another reader.
Then you find yourself responding to comments which further muddles the communication and make it easy to drift off context and topic...lol
Often only one text by one person on one thread is read and it appears something else is meant other than what was intended as - in my case and others - it is actually a continuation of thoughts that appear in other topics that are similar and related. It is too easy to not read every text by a poster and or realize there others and by the same token the writer - even I - forget we aren't on the same thread.
I like face to face better than this type of communication for this reason.
I sometimes have to go back and clarify and correct things myself - other times it is just a confusion of banter that has no real meaning.
I want a fair and balanced approach to this situation as it IS SERIOUS AND AFFECTS US ALL -- and I think a 3rd party should come in and look at what everyone is doing.
I also think they could cut staff where it is not needed as these books seem to have problems and a good CPA should be hired to handle all the county money as it should be so there are no more wrong entries and if a shortage is coming it is dealt with beforehand and not afterwards.
I think it is quite possible the Fiscal Court might have meant well and still might have broke laws and or inappropriately handled things in an effort to stem the coming shortage to keep on equal footing and although they did not intend to break laws or handle the money inappropriately with only the best interest of the county at heart they still did.
I believe most of those involved in the Fiscal Court are basically good, honest people and I respect a number of them, and I believe it is entirely possible they could have simply found themselves overwhelmed by events and tried to muddle through it - but it still makes it questionable and thus justification for a third party to come in sort it out and having a CPA or someone more qualified and versed in law and or money management to assume these duties to prevent future events from transpiring again.
I don't think the taxpayer is necessarily responsible for the fixing of the problem though as we didn't authorize or move that money around.
But I am just one person and have just one opinion.