Chariton County does a “fair” job of managing taxpayer dollars, a new state audit released Friday morning said. Issues were found in at least three departments. According to the audit, the public administrator’s office does not timely file complete and accurate annual settlements, the sheriff’s department does not conduct an adequate review of deputy time sheets, and the county commission was flagged for not maintaining official minutes of its meetings. As noted in a prior report, neither the sheriff’s department or the county has formally analyzed whether it is using the most cost-effective means of providing prisoner meals. Decreases in the average number of daily prisoners have resulted in an increase in cost per meal from $9.50 per day in 2004 to $35.00 per day in 2011. The overall performance of the county was rated “fair.”
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