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Lawrence Co. money woes continue: payroll delay and audit mishandling

A bank error caused the delay for workers who use direct deposit. A bank error caused the delay for workers who use direct deposit.

Already facing budget problems and the potential loss of federal funding, Lawrence County had another problem Thursday when nearly half of the county's employees were not paid on time. This time, it was due to an internal error at the bank.

A Bank Independent official confirmed the error delayed direct deposit accounts for the workers. 46.5 percent of Lawrence County employees use direct deposit to get paid. County Administrator Tricia Galbreath said she was not sure when the workers would get their money.

"We contacted Bank Independent, and they have assured this that this is their problem, and they're working as hard as they can to get it into their accounts as soon as they can," she said.

The Bank of Independent official said the bank had resolved the issue and that some workers should be paid throughout the day Thursday. They added they believed all workers would be paid by sometime Friday.

Lawrence County could also be stripped of $265,000 in federal funding the county uses to help homebound residents through its transportation department because of a delinquent audit for Fiscal Year 2011. The county also has not provided information needed for the Fiscal Year 2012 audit. The money is allocated through the Alabama Department of Transportation. ALDOT is stepping in to attempt conducting its own audit in an effort to save the funding for the county. The audit for 2011 must be done by the end of September. ALDOT officials will begin looking through Lawrence County's books next week.

The Alabama Board of Examiners, which is the state's official auditing body for local governments, will also conduct audits if the needed information can be provided by the county.

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