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‘Forensic’ audit thing of the past for county

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Remember last summer when a concern was raised by magistrates that there might be some serious issues with the county’s handling of money?

Well, that concern is no longer an issue.

Bullitt Fiscal Court voted unanimously to rescind a motion that called for a “forensic” audit of the county’s financial records.

The court voted last year to conduct the audit but no official action was ever reported.

Mike Higgins appeared before the court on two occasions asking what had happened and why.

Magistrate John Bradshaw said accountant Simon Keemer met with a couple of officials and stated that he didn’t think such an audit was needed.

But Higgins pressed forward asking for more details.

While he offered to talk with Higgins after the meeting, county attorney Monica Robinson said the questions should be addressed in public.

Magistrate Bob Hunt said he was against continuing with any audit because of the cost, which some estimated to be over $100,000, especially when he was told it wasn’t necessary.

Bradshaw said he voted against the original motion because he wasn’t sure it was needed.

In talking with Keemer, the court members were advised to monitor certain things and that has been done.

Robinson said the word “forensic” was not correct at the time. That is a term used in criminal court but not used in the accounting profession.

Instead, Keemer wanted to know the county’s concerns and Robinson said she submitted a list of her worries.

The issue arose last summer when Robinson realized that her account had been given too much funding by the county judge’s office. The $42,000 paid to the county attorney’s account in error was returned.