Barry County 911 Board approves 2012-2013 audit; appoints new member

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Democrat Photo/Kerry Hays Taking the oath Jon Horner, president of the Barry County E-911 board, administered the oath of office to Rusty Rickard, fire chief for the Central Crossing Fire Protection District, to complete the remaining term of a previous board member who resigned. Rickard was selected because of his location in the southern part of the county and his extensive involvement on a variety of other boards.

The Barry County 911 Board listened to a presentation delivered by an independent accounting firm at last Tuesday's meeting regarding their finances for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Kurt Krueger, CPA, representing The CPA Group, delivered a detailed explanation of the document.

Krueger began his presentation by outlining the changes in reporting mandated by the government that were different from the previous year's audit. He also pointed out two major changes that created a large impact on the financial position of the agency. These changes were the TIF settlement and sales tax increase that was approved by the voters according to Krueger.

Earlier in the meeting, Board President Jon Horner provided an update to the board on the status of the on-going lawsuit.

"The [Missouri] Supreme Court ruling that they were not going to take up the matter ended the lawsuit that had been on-going," said Horner. "That matter's closed, the court has spoken, and they've made their decision, the money has been dispersed."

Kruger noted that the settlement created a financial liability for the agency that began during the period that was reviewed. He also noted that the action taken by Barry County tax-payers to increase the sales tax was an important financial step forward.

"I went ahead and did a calculation that after you made your lease payment, you would have had enough remaining cash for six months of operating expenses," Krueger said. "This is pretty good. I think you'll see that it's gone up mainly because of your sales tax increase. If we hadn't done that, it might not have been very pretty this year."

Horner agreed with the assessment and offered his thanks to the voters for making the increase a reality.

"We're feeling very fortunate that in February of last year the voters of Barry County approved a sales tax increase that essentially saved the 911 center," said Horner. "If that had not happened, we would have been looking at closing our doors in December of 2012."

The board approved the audit following Kruger's presentation in which he praised the board and staff for their work.

The board also voted to approve the appointment of Rusty Rickard, fire chief for the Central Crossing Fire Protection District, to complete the remaining term of a previous board member who resigned. Rickard was selected because of his location in the southern part of the county and his extensive involvement on a variety of other boards.

The next meeting of the 911 board was scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

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