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State to deliver audit findings

Representatives of the Ohio Auditor’s Office will be in Ironton Tuesday to deliver their findings on Lawrence County’s financial health.

Last summer, the Lawrence County Commission requested the state office conduct a performance audit, an in-depth evaluation of where and how the county’s money is being spent and how this county compares to other similar counties.

The meeting with commissioners will be conducted in executive session and the audit will not be made public until after this meeting.

The request for an audit was made in August 2007 after commissioners opted not to pursue a two-mil levy to help balance the county budget.

“Before we put a levy on, we’re going to see if we’ve done everything we can before asking people for money,” Commissioner Doug Malone said at that time. “We don’t feel like we’ve done that yet.”

The state conducts 25-30 performance audits each year.