A Kleberg County Audit report for 2019 revealed an increase in revenue to the county’s budget for the second consecutive year, doubling the county General Fund totals over the last two years.
Last Thursday, Kleberg County Commissioner’s met to receive the county audit report done by outsourced CPA Raul Hernandez.
Hernandez said Kleberg County’s revenues for the year were $17,011,677, which exceeded total expenditures of $14,516,555.
After related fund transfers out to Human Services, juvenile probation and “other small related transfers,” which totaled $1,164,413, Hernandez said the county general fund had an increase of $1,330,709.
Hernandez said the county exceeded their targeted revenues in the General Fund by about $270,000.
“The fund balance began with $5,744,999, thus you ended with a fund balance of $7,075,708,” Hernandez said. “Over the past two years, your fund balance has essentially doubled.”
Hernandez said after further calculations alongside Kleberg County Auditor Melissa Green, should revenues stop being earned by the county “you can almost estimate that your fund balance will carry you for about five months.”
Hernandez noted that nearly every department related to the General Fund came in under budget, which contributed to the additional revenue collected by the county.
“When you prepared your budget you anticipated where expenditures were going to exceed revenues and other uses by negative $37,000,” he said. “However, you came in over, you know, by $1,368,000. And every related department within the General Fund was positive.”
Last year, Hernandez presented the 2018 audit report with some problems when reporting finances from Kleberg County Adult Probation, or Fund 22 as it is listed in the report.
“This is what happened during the audit; we received your trial balances that were incomplete,” Hernandez said at last year’s audit report of 2018. “Essentially what happened is, Fund 22 was not on your books. For seven months, seven months of accounting transactions were not on your books.”
Hernandez said the county was still behind on reports from the same fund six months into 2019.
The missing reports placed Kleberg County in a “high-risk auditee classification,” he added.
However, on Thursday, Hernandez said the all the reports on those finances “have been taken care of,” and reported no negative findings in the audit.
Kleberg County, Hernandez said, is now a “low risk auditee.”
“(The report) was provided to us completed, so we’re able to essentially audit that fund, (and) incorporate it into the audit,” Hernandez said. “No findings this year as a result; that finding has been corrected.”