Audit Alleges Utilities Mismanagement in Whitesburg

An audit report on the city of Whitesburg may have found alleged mismanagement of city funds. Among the findings in State Auditor Mike Harmon’s report, the city failed to properly manage utility accounts, resulting in excessive delinquent accounts totaling $356,814 as of February 2017, and increased risk of fraud and abuse. The audit reported weaknesses in the billing and collection processes to be the reason for the delinquent accounts. Additionally, it was found that many of the largest delinquent account report balances were accounts held by local government and businesses. We will continue coverage of this report.

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