Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 3, 2013

State audit cites Tipton Health Department

Deposits not made on a daily basis

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

— TIPTON – For the second consecutive time, the Indiana State Board of Accounts were critical of the Tipton County Health Department’s failure to deposit funds on a daily basis.

The audit covering 2011 stated that in numerous instances, receipts were deposited later than the next business days, and in several instances were deposited months after the receipt was issued.

The State Board of Accounts said receipts are collected daily but from Jan. 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012, there were only 17 deposits. It said there were only five deposits made in all of 2012.

The report said from March 15 to June 15, 2011 reports of collections submitted to the Tipton County Auditor contained an identical sequence of receipt numbers.

The state’s auditing agency report for 2010 said for the 104 receipts issued from Feb. 1 to March 22, 100 of these were remitted to the auditor in delays ranging from 3 to 58 days.

It said of the 88 receipts issued from April 30 to May 28, 2010, 70 were remitted to the auditor in delays ranging from 2 to 28 days.

Indiana code states all local officers who collect public funds shall deposit those funds not later than the business day following the receipt of funds.

Dee Welch, office manager for the Health Department said Wednesday procedures in the office have been changed to comply with the state requirement.

“We don’t receive money every day,” she said.

Welch said until four years ago the department was located at the Tipton hospital and deposits were not made on a daily basis because she didn’t drive to the courthouse on a regular basis.

She didn’t say why the deposits were not made on a daily basis when the office moved to the first floor of the Tipton County Courthouse.

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