Camden County Commission orders audit of County Collector’s Office

Published: Oct. 13, 2022 at 2:23 PM CDT
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CAMDENTON, Mo. (KY3) - The Camden County Commission ordered an audit of the Camden County Collector’s Office.

The order followed questions about money going to different entities.

“During the last year, the city of Osage Beach and the Horseshoe Bend Road District had some questions about the amount of revenue they’ve been collecting. It didn’t seem like the right amount to them. It actually looked like it had dropped quite a bit. And no one really understands why,” said Commissioner Don Williams.

The Commission will have an outside company come in to do the audit.

“Anytime there’s a question about anything that has to do with the function of government. I’ve always felt like it’s a good idea to bring in outside unbiased experts to take a look at it. So that’s what we’re going to do in this situation,” said Commissioner Williams

It could cost the county a pretty penny.

”I’m expecting it to cost around $100- $150,000,″ said Commissioner Williams.

It was a unanimous vote between Commissioner Williams, Commissioner Greg Hasty, and Commissioner James Gohagan.

”All three commissioners agreed to do it. Yeah, we all thought it was a good idea,” said Commissioner Williams.

KY3′s Marina Silva asked Camden County Collector, Teresa Murray to do an interview. She declined, but sent this full statement.

“It has come to our attention that two of the Road and Bridge departments within Camden County are not showing receipt of the eleven-cent property tax at the same level as in prior years. After reviewing the levy amounts assigned by the County Clerk over the past three years, the Collector’s Office shows that the overall growth of Road and Bridge taxes due increased year over year from 2019 to 2021. The sum of the taxes due for Road and Bridge for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 were $2,941,024.28, $2,991,472.52 and $3,046,048.21, respectively. This represented an increase in taxes of 1.72% for 2020 and 1.82% for 2021. The money collected against these taxes due is handed over to the County Treasurer for disbursement to the individual Road and Bridge Entities. In addition, monthly collection reports are certified by the County Clerk and distributed to the County Auditor and County Treasurer who confirm and audit the receipt of these funds from the Collector’s Office to the County Treasurer.

Questions regarding the establishment of tax rates and assignment to entities should be directed to the County Clerk. Questions regarding the distribution of these funds, including the 20% allocation for county administration, city road and bridge allocation and other deductions from the taxes collected, should be directed to the County Treasurer. The Camden County Collector does not establish levy rates, tax due amounts, allocations of monies collected or retain any of the funds associated with paid taxes. The role of the County Collector is solely the collection activities of taxes due which are distributed the month following their collection.

In the coming days, the Camden County Collector’s Office will be posting on its website an overview of the taxes due and associated payments received for Road and Bridge levies during this three-year period in addition to the monthly certified reports showing the overall taxes collected for Camden County and their distributions to the County Treasurer, School Districts and the State of Missouri. Additionally, questions regarding the annual tax statements to be filed with the state were not able to be completed due to the loss of End of Tax Year data files for 2019 and 2020 in the 2020 Ransomware Attack on the Camden County technology infrastructure which are needed for year over year comparisons. The processing of the 2020 and 2021 tax season information is currently being completed through a manual reconciliation process due to this lost data for submission to the state.”

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