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A unique find for Cherokee County

Updated: Oct 22, 2013 11:01 PM

An audit reveals Cherokee County has a surplus of funds. The audit report shows a positive balance in the county's main operating and motor vehicle accounts.  The report shows a positive balance of $361,728.  Half of that is accounted for, but $167,194 is still unidentified.

"It's very frustrating and disappointing," says Cherokee County Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand.  "We don't know.  We did ask the Treasurer if she had any idea, and she didn't have any idea."

The preliminary report shows a positive difference in each account over a seven month period.

"In the audit we also had deposits not being made in a timely manner, cash receipts not matching deposits, just a lot of area of concerns we've got to clean up," says Hilderbrand.  "We don't know if this is for a county, a city, a township, a school board, if it's supposed to go to a special fund or a general fund - we have the money but we can't spend it," said Hilderbrand.

"The county has multiple accounts there was an ACH direct deposit done into an account that got overlooked," says County Treasurer Juanita Hodgson.

Hodgson says the transition was failed to be put on the books.

"Everything has been fixed," says Hodgson.  "I welcome them to come and double check again."

Residents say there's no excuse.

"It's irresponsible," says Amanda Shere.  "There should not be one dime unaccounted for."

"I don't have anything to hide," says Hodgson.  "My employees don't have anything to hide.  All I can say is I'm not perfect - I make mistakes."

"I think it will be accounted for because it's mainly these two tractions that got accidentally overlooked," says Hodgson.

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