Harmon’s audit finds no issues with sheriff’s office

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon released a report on the audit of 2018 taxes for Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger.

State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year – one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account, and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.

According to the report, the sheriff’s financial statement fairly represents the taxes charged, credited and paid for the period of April 17, 2018, through April 15, 2019, in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.

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In his report, the auditor noted no instances of noncompliance, and also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses.

Auditing standards require the auditor’s letter to communicate whether the sheriff’s settlement presents fairly the taxes charged, credited, and paid in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The sheriff’s settlement is prepared on the regulatory basis, which is described in the auditor’s opinion letter. Regulatory basis reporting for the sheriff’s settlement is an acceptable reporting methodology, and this reporting methodology is followed for all 120 sheriff settlements in Kentucky.

According to a statement from the auditor’s office, the sheriff’s responsibilities include collecting property taxes, providing law enforcement and performing services for the county fiscal court and courts of justice. The sheriff’s office is funded through statutory commissions and fees collected in conjunction with these duties.