Auditors find big problems in small towns

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State auditors have found slopping bookkeeping, lost files and missing money, among other problems in municipal courts of Alabama's small towns.

In a few courts, the outcome has been delinquent payments to state agencies and even trouble for a few drivers who thought they'd paid their fines.

In Hanceville, for example, one person was arrested and held in jail three days last year on a warrant for nonpayment of traffic fines until clerks determined he had paid.

Mayors in a few towns said they had changed or were making changes in procedures based on state auditors' findings.

--- Information from: The Birmingham News

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