Audit: County ag society overpaid worker

Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society have agreed in principle to a deal to sell the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to the University of Dayton and Premier Health. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society have agreed in principle to a deal to sell the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to the University of Dayton and Premier Health. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Montgomery County Agricultural Society improperly paid out unused personal and vacation leave when its office manager left in 2014, according to a state audit released Thursday.

Former office manager Debbie Long received $1,150 for 11.5 unused personal days, state auditors found, even though the agricultural society’s handbook states there is no payout given for unused personal or vacation leave.

Auditors issued a finding for recovery against Long, who repaid the agricultural society in December 2016.

Agency officials told auditors they will adhere to the handbook going forward.

The audit also found several errors on the agricultural society’s financial statements, which the agency responded with by saying it is hiring a CPA to manage its annual financial reporting.

The agricultural society operates the annual Montgomery County Fair. The agency had an annual expense budget of $644,242 in 2015, the report says.

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