Editorial: Board right to act quickly after audit

Jackson County Soil & Water Conservation District board should be commended for its recent decision to terminate the employment of the district’s one employee, given the recent audit published by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

That audit outlined numerous problems involving the use of tax dollars that are collected to manage the district’s business. Those problems concerning the use of and accounting for the district’s funds totaled more than $9,000 in claims filed by the district’s employee, Rebecca Lauster. Many were clearly personal expenses.

The board met recently and dismissed Lauster effective Oct. 1. The board soon will start looking for a replacement, we were told Monday afternoon.

Lauster was asked to repay the district a total of $13,607.22, including $4,535.74 for the cost of the audit, according to an Indiana State Board of Accounts official. The state reports she has done so.

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