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County clerk not pleased with the mishandling of funds

KINGWOOD — Preston County Clerk Linda Huggins stated she just isn’t joyful a few $500,000 miscalculation.

Throughout an interview, Huggins stated she was advised the fee had extra money than they ever had and it was accumulating loads of extra cash in carryover. She stated she questioned what they have been speaking about when the they hadn’t elevated the tax charge.

“We solely know what we get from the sheriff’s workplace. We don’t see the cash; we simply see the receipts,” she stated.

The cash is from an extra levy that was put into the fallacious county fund. It’s now being corrected.

Through the assembly, Huggins stated the commissioners and the sheriff knew in regards to the cash. She stated month-to-month experiences weren’t being submitted so she reported it and the auditor advised her that was not her responsibility.

Melissa Hardy, a CPA working with the sheriff’s division, stated each she and Sheriff Paul Pritt are conscious of the urgency in correcting the issue.

“We’re going again by info from prior years nobody else has checked out,” she stated.

Sheriff Moe Pritt stated the $500,000 is principally cash from the fireplace extra levy that they have been advised to place within the basic county fund. He stated he later came upon a proportion ought to go to the native hearth departments.

“It was a misdirection of the place the charges have been to go to based mostly on recommendation at conception,” he stated. “We need to make this proper. I don’t need to put my title to something that’s not proper. We’ve a CPA engaged on it and we despatched out pages and pages of numbers. Among the stuff was from 2006, 2011 and 2018. We’ve recognized the issue and we’re attempting to repair it,” Pritt stated

In different enterprise, Preston County’s 89-year-old courthouse is about to be reconfigured inside. The development is important to satisfy the Supreme Court docket’s necessities to accommodate a second circuit choose who will take workplace in 2025.

The Mills Group is working with the fee to do the work.

In keeping with its website, the Mills Group of architects, designers, planners and historians collaborate with their purchasers to enhance communities by the most recent design strategies whereas reserving the architectural character of the previous.

The present courthouse took the place of the one which was torn down in 1933. The sandstone for its facades was quarried regionally, and the ultimate value of the courthouse was $113,500.19.

It was devoted Aug. 25, 1934.

Justice of the Peace Bo Ward, talking as a citizen and never a Justice of the Peace, advised commissioners he needed to suggest a brand new plan for the courthouse adjustments that might save taxpayers cash.

He stated though the Justice of the Peace court docket is housed within the courthouse, members of that court docket have had no say within the reconfiguration plans.

“We had two individuals on the reconfiguration assembly however they have been advised they couldn’t be there,” Ward stated. “We weren’t included in any of this.”

Commissioner Hunter Thomas stated till an architect checked out Wards plans, no adjustments will be made.

“Our plan was permitted by the Supreme Court docket, however some issues will be tweaked,” Fee President Samantha Stone stated.

Commissioner Don Smith stated the plans needed to be very express and the architects (the Mills Group) needed to go to the Supreme Court docket to get the sizes and what was wanted.

County Coordinator Nate Raybeck stated the fee acquired a $100,000 grant based mostly on the present architectural design.

“Isn’t grant cash taxpayer cash?” Ward requested.

No additional motion was taken.

The following assembly of the Preston County Fee shall be 9:30 a.m. Monday.