No issues found in audit of former county clerk

Published 3:42 pm Friday, September 1, 2023

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Special to the Enterprise

State Auditor Mike Harmon today released the audit of the 2022 financial statement of former Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of county clerks and sheriffs.

Auditing standards require the auditor’s letter to communicate whether the financial statement presents fairly the receipts, disbursements and excess fees of the former Harlan County Clerk in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The former clerk’s financial statement did not follow this format.

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However, the former clerk’s financial statement is fairly presented in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting, which is an acceptable reporting methodology. This reporting methodology is followed for all 120 clerk audits in Kentucky.

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

The county clerk’s responsibilities include collecting certain taxes, issuing licenses, maintaining county records and providing other services. The clerk’s office is funded through statutory fees collected in conjunction with these duties.