Grundy Among Several Tennessee Counties In Audit Trouble

Several counties in Tennessee are out-of-line with the state's financial requirements.

A new audit report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury shows Grundy County government needs to fix numerous problems.

Ten of fourteen findings were detailed in the previous year's audit, and were never corrected.

No money was missing, which was the case in other areas of the state. However, for the second year in a row, the Highway Superintendent's Office and the Director of Schools' Office, among others, were the source of several issues. For example, not following proper policies and poor record-keeping.

"Grundy County government has serious issues that need to be corrected. For two years in a row, we've raised concerns. It's beyond time to address the deficiencies that put taxpayer dollars at risk," says Justin Wilson.

The Comptroller's office collected information through June 30. September 1, a new mayor was elected into office to remedy these preexisting problems.

Mayor Michael Brady tells us getting Grundy County in line is his priority.

"When you're elected to be county mayor they put their trust in you and you don't want to lose that. So we need to be good stewards of the county's finances and I believe this is an opportunity for the mayor's office to step up and tell people we'll be good stewards of their money," says Brady.

Taxpayers we spoke with are hopeful new leadership will correct their financial woes.

"I think the county has wasted a lot of money on things it shouldn't have wasted on. But I think things are going to change now, because I have been to a lot of the meetings and I have shook my head at a lot of things, but one person can't change things. I have a lot of confidence in Michael Brady, I think he's going to do a good job," says resident Ann Nunley.

The Comptroller's office says they do not issue fines if the county doesn't comply with their audit. They say without these changes, the possibility of fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars is increased.

By: Kelsey Bagwell
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