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Task Force Procedures Reviewed

The state of Iowa is recommending the Lee County Narcotics Task Force change some of its operating practices.

The recommendations are based on a report, released this week, by State Auditor David Vaudt.

The report was requested by the board that oversees the task force.

The most significant finding is the task force is carrying a $90,000 deficit from the time period of July 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012.

Vaudt says the deficit has been caused by decreasing grant revenues to fund the task force and by increasing overtime costs.

His recommendation is that Keokuk, Fort Madison and Lee County provide the cash needed to make up the deficit.

Vaudt says the report is not an official audit of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.


Other recommendations:

- Turn a checking account for the Lee County Narcotics Task Force over to the city of Keokuk as it is the fiscal agent for the agency.

- Start electronically filing certain documents with the Iowa Secretary of State.

- Develop a mileage/travel policy.

- Prepare meeting minutes to include bills and reasons for entering a closed session.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.