Today in Bowie County Commissioners Court, Judge Sterling Lacy showed the Court that there should be $4.6 million available in the general fund, not $1.6 million, as reported.
Lacy showed two documents – one, the county’s expenses as of this morning (which reflects today’s Accounts Payable, which has already been entered) and the county’s revenues as of Friday
First, Lacy congratulated the Court and the county employees for doing an outstanding job of keeping under budget. Then he stressed that, by law, there could be no expenses paid from the revenue that were not already in the budget. Therefore, the missing $3 million couldn’t have been spent, or moved to another account. “Where is it?” he asked.
There was quite a bit of back-and-forth between Lacy, the Commissioners, and the county auditor, with remarks about where it could be, and even if someone took it. Lacy emphasized that he didn’t think anyone took it, but that it was certainly missing from the reports. Commissioner Kelly Blackburn said he wasn’t sure the money was missing, but “we’re sure missing something here.”
County Auditor William Tye remarked that his figures were correct, and that if they wanted to find out where the money is, they should talk to the County Treasurer, Donna Burns. Burns had taken the day off, and wasn’t available. Since it was already well past noon, the Court agreed to reconvene in special session Friday afternoon. I attempted to contact Mrs. Burns, but haven’t heard back from her yet.
Visiting the Courthouse this afternoon, I obtained from Judge Lacy’s office a document titled “Estimated Cash Flow Oct 13 thru Mar 14.” Here are the figures:
|Month||Revenue||Expenses||Official Check Register|
Total revenue is $19,052,971.58, total expenses are $12,943,289.14, leaving a positive balance of $6,109,682.44. The check register shows only $3,089,987.29, leaving $3,019,695.15 unaccounted for.
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