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Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee will consider legislators' request for audit of East Flagler Mosquito Control District

Florida Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner requested the audit after an accounting error left the Mosquito Control District with a $1.1 million budget hole.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

The Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee will hear a formal request for an audit of the East Flagler Mosquito Control District during its Dec. 7 meeting. 

Florida Rep. Paul Renner and Sen. Travis Hutson wrote jointly to the Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee in August to request that the state audit the Mosquito Control District, which was left with a $1.1 million budget hole after an accounting error.

The Mosquito Control District's total budget is $1.8 million, and the district spent $2.1 million on a new facility at the county airport while developing the deficit.

“Flagler residents pay additional taxes to support an independent mosquito control district and reasonably expect the district to achieve greater efficiency and cost savings," Renner said in a joint news release with Hutson in August. "The lack of internal controls and safeguards that caused this deficit certainly call that efficiency into question. An independent audit will help determine what happened, who is responsible, and allow for appropriate corrective action."

“It is important that we know how the Flagler Mosquito Control District uses its budget year to year," Hutson said in the news release. "An audit will give us an opportunity to see where taxpayer dollars are spent."

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