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Clarke County audit report released

Hunt and Associates, P.C., certified public accountants, recently released an audit report on Clarke County.

The county had local tax revenue of $15,107,361, for the year ended June 30, 2013, which included $566,635 in tax credits from the state and $239,223 in gaming tax. The county forwarded $10,573,000 of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities and other taxing bodies in the county.

The county retained $4,534,361 of local tax revenue, including $184,844 in tax credits from the state and $239,223 in gaming tax, to finance county operations, a 1.1 percent increase from the prior year. Other revenue included charges for services of $950,351, operating grants, contributions and restricted interest of $2,233,574, unrestricted investment earnings of $18,653 and other general revenues of $42,251.

Expenses for county operations totaled $7,941,453, at 13.8 percent decrease from the prior year. The decrease was primarily because of a decrease in mental health expenses caused by a change in the funding of mental health costs adopted by the state of Iowa. Expenses included $3,198,146 for roads and transportation, $1,691,287 for public safety and legal services and $1,083,778 for physical health and social services.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the county auditor’s office, in the office of the auditor of the state and on the auditor of state’s website at http://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/reports.htm.

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