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Audit Finds $14K in Overpayments to Range Township Officials

Columbus – Incorrect pay rates and a midterm raise resulted in a combined $14,047 in over payments to four elected officials at Range Township (Madison County), state auditors found.

An audit released by Auditor of State Dave Yost determined that the township used the wrong pay level when calculating salaries for its fiscal officer and three trustees during 2015 and 2016.

“It’s the duty of every township official to know where the township budget falls on the state’s pay scale,” Auditor Yost said.

The Ohio Revised Code lists the rates at which fiscal officers and trustees may be paid based on a township’s annual budget. During both years, the township’s budget fell within the $500,000 to $750,000 annual budget level, but its elected officials were paid based on the higher $750,000 to $1.5 million level.

Additionally, Fiscal Officer Luana Barker accepted a midterm pay increase during 2016 in violation of state law, which prohibits pay changes until the start of a new term.

Auditors issued findings for recovery equal to the over payment amounts listed below:

Fiscal Officer Luana Barker: $5,765

Trustee Dennis Marshall: $3,082

Trustee Mark Anthony: $2,632

Trustee Ronald Cress: $2,568

The officials repaid the full amount owed to the township in June.

Audit Releases for Tuesday, Sept. 5

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office is responsible for auditing all public entities in Ohio. His mission is to protect Ohioans’ tax dollars while aggressively fighting fraud, waste and misuse of public money.

Audit reports are released semiweekly. The following audits will be released Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

A full copy of each report is available online.

Adams

Adams County Family and Children First Council

Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau

Brush Creek Township

Allen

City of Lima

Athens

Athens County

Athens County Landfill

Athens County Metropolitan Housing Authority

City of Athens

Auglaize

City of Wapakoneta Landfill

Columbiana

Village of Wellsville* (Reissue)

Crawford

Crawford County

Cuyahoga

City of Brook Park

City of Cleveland Heights Solid Waste Transfer Facility

Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority

Cuyahoga Heights Community Improvement Corporation

Shaker Heights Development Corporation

Thomas Ginley

Defiance

Noble Township

Delaware

Delaware County Agricultural Society

Elm Valley Joint Fire District

Fayette

Paint Township

Franklin

Blendon Westerville Joint Economic Development Zone

Christina DiPiero

Jennifer Morgenstern

Fulton

Clinton Township

Greene

Greene County

Greene County Agricultural Society

Village of Cedarville Landfill

Guernsey

Spencer Township

Hamilton

City of Sharonville

Greenhills Community Improvement Corporation

Joel Tsevat

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority

Hancock

Allen Township

Orange Township

Harrison

Village of Bowerston

Village of Harrisville

Village of Jewett

Henry

Bartlow Township*

Henry County Family and Children First Council

Holgate Community Library

Woodlawn Union Cemetery

Lake

City of Wickliffe

Madison Township

Licking

Alexandria Public Library

Lucas

Allison Dollman

City of Toledo

Madison

Paint Township

Range Township*

Mahoning

City of Campbell

Medina

Medina County Combined General Health District

Meigs

Meigs County*

Montgomery

Dayton Regional STEM School

Muskingum

Muskingum County

Ottawa

City of Port Clinton

Village of Marblehead

Perry

Village of New Lexington

Portage

Community Improvement Corporation of Ravenna

Kent Growth Corporation

Portage County Improvement Corporation

Preble

Gratis Township

Richland

Allison Pruett

Arthur Wilson

Scioto

New Boston Community Improvement Corporation

Seneca

Community Improvement Corporation of Seneca County

Shelby

Shelby County Family and Children First Council

Stark

Washington Township

Summit

Caroline Sokol

Tallmadge Grow, Inc.

Tania Kurtz

Union

City of Marysville

Warren

Deerfield Regional Storm Water District

Lytle Five Points Joint Economic Development District

Mason Community Improvement Corporation

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties

Village of Pleasant Plain

Wayne

Village of Creston

Wyandot

Mohawk Community Library

Wyandot County

Audit Releases for Thursday, Sept. 7

Allen

Lima-Allen County Convention and Visitor Bureau

Butler

Butler County

Liberty Township Joint Economic Development District

Morgan Township*

Village of Jacksonburg

Clinton

Jefferson Township

Coshocton

Adams Township

Crawford Township

Cuyahoga

City of Olmsted Falls

City of Solon

City of South Euclid

City of Warrensville Heights

Evan Rae

Delaware

City of Delaware

Marlboro Township

Erie

Florence Township

Fairfield

Amanda Township

Clearcreek Township

Franklin

Office of The Ohio Public Defender

Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission

Greene

Village of Cedarville

Guernsey

Guernsey County Agricultural Society

Hamilton

Eric Warm

Estrelita Dixon

Janet Boyle

Jenny Tong

Sarah Shaffer

Henry

Marion Township

Huron

Greenfield Township

Hartland Township

Knox

Village of Gambier

Licking

Bowling Green Township

Village of Johnstown

Lorain

City of Amherst

City of Oberlin

Madison

Pleasant Township

Medina

Ellen MacRitchie

Miami

Miami County Agricultural Society

Monroe

Adams Township

Monroe County Agricultural Society

Muskingum

Brush Creek Township

Richland

City of Mansfield

Sandusky

Sandusky County Community Improvement Corporation

Stark

City of North Canton

Summit

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

City of Cuyahoga Falls

Cydney Fenton

Trumbull

Bazetta Township

Tuscarawas

Tuscarawas County Family and Children First Council

Warren

Mary L. Cook Public Library

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Staff Report

The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.