(DES MOINES) Auditor of State David A. Vaudt today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Blencoe for the period January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2011.
The special investigation was requested by City officials as a result of concerns regarding certain financial transactions and financial reports which were not properly submitted by Kym Harris, the former City Clerk.
Vaudt reported the procedures identified approximately $71,142.00 of property tax which was not levied, $2,426.45 of unsupported disbursements and $343.72 of improper disbursements. Vaudt reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed because adequate records were not maintained. The estimated $71,142.00 of property tax could not be levied because Ms. Harris did not file a certified budget for the City by the statutory deadline.
Vaudt also reported the unsupported disbursements identified include $1,845.43 of payments to Ms. Harris and $458.95 of checks issued to petty cash. The improper disbursements identified include personal purchases of a camera and software, finance charges and late fees.
A copy of the report has been filed with the Monona County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. The report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s website at http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/1222-0631-BE00.pdf.