FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon announced Wednesday his office will audit the Bourbon County-Nicholas County Regional Jail Authority.
“We discovered the Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail has never had an audit since it was formed nearly a decade ago,” Harmon said in his report. “This is simply not acceptable given the millions of dollars in taxpayer funding the Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail Authority receives. In the spirit of accountability and transparency, my office has decided to do an audit of the Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail Authority covering fiscal years 2015 through 2018.”
According to a data bulletin issued by Harmon’s office, two of the regional jails, Big Sandy and Three Rivers, have complied with state law requiring audits, with the results to be filed with the Department for Local Government. Kentucky River has an audit for 2016 and 2017 now in progress by an outside CPA firm, and Harmon is awaiting the findings before deciding if his office will conduct one for the 2018 fiscal year.
Harmon also noted that DLG is required under state law to notify his office of any reports or non-compliance and has not done so.
In response to a letter Harmon sent to DLG notifying them about failing to report non-compliance, General Counsel Greg Ladd stated ongoing changes to state law, exempting some SPGEs and exempting others at certain times or under specific circumstances, has added complexity to an already cumbersome process under the law. Ladd said they had to contract with an outside software programming firm to design and a maintain a new system able to better handle the changes.