The Massac County Commission approved a motion to display the 2021 budget at its meeting Tuesday.
The budget will be on display for 15 days at the Massac County Clerk’s office.
Commissioners listened as Rollo Burnett voiced his concerns regarding county government. Burnett said he’d been following and researching the county’s financials since 2017 when courthouse renovations began.
While he discussed taxes, the tax levy and the county budget, his main discussion focused on the 2019 audit report presented by Beussink, Hey, Roe & Stroder to the commission at its Dec. 29, 2020, meeting. The report noted the firm found two weaknesses in the internal controls— the bank accounts weren’t reconciled to financial statements and there were a lot of errors in the financial statements, Jeff Stroder told the commissioners two weeks earlier.
“The auditors have been wrong for a while. They should not have let things get not properly allocated,” Burnett said Tuesday. “You guys have got an obligation when people elect you to see that things take place. If you allow them to be the same auditors, I think you’re not doing your job. You’ve got an obligation to the taxpayer to take care of this somehow.”
The commission approved the lease agreement with State Rep. Patrick Windhorst for legislative office space in the courthouse.
The commission also approved a lease agreement with Jared English for the building at 810 Market St. English will be leasing the property for a year at $350 a month. After he renovates it, he will be using it as a franchisee training facility for his HHO Carbon Clean Systems business.