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Weston spends less per capita than other counties

Weston County spends $766 per person, which is lower than most counties, according to a report released by the State Department of Audit. The same report, issued in December of 2017, states that the county accrued $5,520,665 in expenses and $7,450,180 in revenue in fiscal year 2017, which is the period from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

According to the Department of Audit’s website, the department began operations on July 1, 1989, and was created as part of the state’s reorganizations.

“The department is responsible for the regulations of financial institutes, including auditing public agencies and local governments,” the website says. “The Department is also responsible for conducting audits for the collection of federal and state mineral royalties, state mineral and excise taxes, and for coordinating auditing and other revenue matters.”

The department creates the report from forms received from each county and various county boards in the state, according to the letter included with the report; the numbers are self-reported and not audited.

 

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