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Audit questions money spent from JeffCo Legislative Fund

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A state audit on Jefferson County's Legislative Fund raises questions about where most of the money went. It says only four of 41 receipts were made available for review.

Members of the Jefferson County Delegation asked for a review of the 1.4 million dollar fund from June 1, 2008 through January 31, 2012.

The audit found, "an instance of noncompliance with state and local laws and regulations and other matters was found during the examination."

Noncompliance stems from the failure to produce 37 of 41 receipts and for not providing any record of expenses from January 2, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

During that time, more than 206 thousand dollars was spent for salaries, telephone, computer repair, postage, parking, legal advertisement, office equipment, and miscellaneous items.

The fund is meant to pay for the local delegation offices.

However, Representative Allen Farley, (R) McCalla, called for a review of the fund after discovering both offices were not staffed and locked.

The state recommends setting up a system to properly document spending.

The fund, often referred to as the "slush fund," is financed through a portion of pistol fees.

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