Audit shows missing cash at Expo Center

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Photo courtesy Somervell County Expo Center

Photo courtesy Somervell County Expo Center

A routine county audit of operations at the Somervell County Expo Center turned up several discrepancies, including missing cash from several events.

County Auditor Brian Watts presented the audit findings at the Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting Monday. Audits routinely are conducted of county departments to ensure accountability.

The audit covered three areas – the Rose Creek retail business, Mary Simpson’s food concession business and the Expo Center operations, Watts said. The inquiry led to “no findings” in the retail and concession areas, he noted.

However, the audit uncovered several findings at the Expo Center operations.

A cash shortage of $145 showed up after Expo-sponsored April and May barrel racing and roping events, Watts said.

“We’ve been working with the staff for reconciliation procedures to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Also, in June, the Expo gave away 12 spaces for stalls and RVs during the Ranch Rodeo finals, Watts said.

“That was not part of the contract,” he added. “We brought that to their attention, that they are to maintain what’s in the contract.”

The final issue had to do with a returned check for $592 that was repaid in three installments. The final payment was made, so that issue is resolved, Watts said.

Commissioner Curtis expressed concern about the money that is not accounted for and how it happened.

“We’re working with them,” Watts said. “They can’t give us an understanding other than it’s just too busy, and that doesn’t really fly as to why they would be short. Procedures are in place. They need to follow them and we’ve reiterated that to them.”

“How will we resolve this?” Curtis asked.

“Constantly reconciling and going over with them,” Watts said.

“I do not recall historic cash shortages,” Curtis said.

Now that the Expo is sponsoring the monthly events, there are more hands in the cash drawer, Watts said.

“It’s very important this all balances out,” Curtis said. “When we reconcile, it should come up zero. I don’t like even the perception that there might be something going on.”

Curtis said he and Commissioner Kenneth Wood would discuss the situation with Expo Center personnel.

 

One Response to Audit shows missing cash at Expo Center

  1. Cody Reply

    August 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    It would be a better story if you published the revenue amount. $145.00 is a pile of money if the total revenue is less than 1k bucks!

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