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Jan 15, 2013 8:28 PM by Eric Ross

Teller County acknowledges financial problems

A series of financial mistakes has put a huge dent in Teller County's budget.

"We have overspent a considerable amount of money on the clerk's office," Commissioner Dave Paul said.

He and others employed with the county are pointing the finger at JJ Jamison, the county's clerk and recorder.

Problems first publicly surfaced during the county's primary and general election in 2012.

Mail-in ballot issues sparked a red flag at the Capitol, forcing the Secretary of State's Office to take over the general election.

The state required Teller County to use outside assistance during the election, costing them thousands of dollars.

"We spent $162,000 more than we needed," Paul said. "That's taxpayer money and it should be managed better."

Records show the county also has a history of not paying its bills on time.

Among them is a $230,000 invoice owed to the Department of Revenue.

The good news----Paul says that expense and other overdue bills owed to the state and surrounding cities have been paid.

However, Paul believes it's not enough to prevent history from repeating itself and is asking for more to be done.

"In the interest of the taxpayers, I really think she (Jamison) should consider stepping down."

It's important to note that Jamison has not committed any criminal act. The county says no money was ever stolen or missing.

However, they do blame their financial troubles on poor accounting at the hands of Jamison.

Jamison emailed News 5 the following response:

"I don't intend to resign. I want the training I've received to be invested to the citizens of Teller County and I'm working to do that. I believe my resignation would be counterproductive."

When asked about new measures and policies Jamison is implementing to ensure this problem won't happen again, she issued the following statement:

"We are putting Policies and Procedures in place to be sure that accounts payable are received by Finance with confirmation, including walking them over to the appropriate individuals. With regard to the late payment issue, we have evidence that supports that the Warrant Requests were sent to our finance department. Also, I am cross training to be sure that there are adequate personnel on every project. This office will make every effort to stay in touch with the Commissioners and other Elected Officials to insure nothing falls through the cracks and they are informed of critical issues."

 

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