Polk County Angel Tree

Published 3:15 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Volunteer Gail Stockdale of Tryon and Outreach Client Services manager Michelle Reedy consolidate Angel Tree gifts into family group packages. See full story on page 3. (photos by Joe Epley)

No findings in 2012 audit report

Polk County reported a healthy fund balance as of June 30, 2012 with $6,839,732 available for appropriations, or 30.57 percent.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 19 and heard from Brian Broom with Dixon Hughes Goodman, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors who performed the audit.

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Broom said the county’s fund balance is down from the previous year due to Polk appropriating approximately $2 million to pay down debt.

The county’s general fund includes a total of $7,915,500 in fund balances, of which $1,075,768 is restricted, $838,533 is committed and the remaining $6,839,732 is unassigned. The fund balance that is noted as available for appropriation and calculated as a percentage includes the unassigned as well as the committed fund balances.

The county’s total outstanding debt as of June 30, 2012 was $11,937,334, according to the audit report. The county’s total debt decreased $2,798,474 last fiscal year due to the scheduled debt payments and the early retirement of debt.

The county’s general fund ended last fiscal year with $917,080 in revenues over expenditures. The general fund ending June 30, 2012 included $22,291,465 in revenues compared to $21,374,385 in expenditures.

Other positive attributes to the county’s fiscal year 2011-2012 audit report included no findings for the first time in several years.

Polk’s tax collection rate was also higher than other counties similar in size.