How to fix the $26,000 book keeping error in Vigo Co.

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – More than $26,000 is how much Vigo County is searching for after reports of a book keeping error.

Even so, it is a problem that has to be fixed.

Conversation began Tuesday morning on how to fix this problem. The Vigo County Commissioners told representatives from the council that they’ll wait until next Tuesday’s council meeting to decide on their recommendation.

Nothing was decided at this meeting but lots of things were discussed.

One document at the center of it all is a letter from the State Board of Accounts to county leaders. It addresses the problem of Vigo County records, primarily from the term of former treasurer David Crockett, revealed a difference between the county records and the actual bank balance.

The county leaders want the department behind the letter to harbor some blame.

But still, it’s up to local leaders to decide what’s to come after next Tuesday’s council meeting.

“After that meeting, we’ll know what kind of resolution or request that the commissioners need to give to the council and then the council will do that because this is what they want to do,” said Judith Anderson, Vigo County Commissioner. “We don’t want to set a precedent that there’s an error let’s just wipe it out, erase it, make it go away. We absolutely don’t want that to happen.”

The State Board of Accounts also pointed to a better system of checks and balances in county government to avoid this in the future. Anderson assured us those would be discussed once this issue is fixed.

Also in that letter from the state, the department suggests a claim be approved to transfer more than $26,000 to essentially zero out the problem.

News 10 did look at the Indiana code for County Treasurers.

It states a treasurer can only be personally responsible if the acts show, “…gross negligence or intentional disregard of the responsibilities of the office.”

County leaders will have to help determine if that’s the case in this instance.

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