Monroe City Marshal's Office Faces Deficit

MONROE, LA (AP) — An audit finds the Monroe City Marshal's Office had an unassigned fund balance deficit of more than $96,000 and couldn't account for several old assets on its inventory list.

         The Marshal's Office had $1.17 million in total revenue during the 2014 fiscal year, which ended April 30. Total expense was $1.25 million.

         The audit, released Monday, says the marshal was unable to prepare a budget because of a fund deficit.

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         Total revenues decreased by $139,389 with decreases in the amount of service returns and court costs received from Monroe City Court and intergovernmental revenue decreases from the city of Monroe.

         Auditors also cited the Marshal's Office for failure to prepare its budget.

         Marshal Wince Highshaw, Jr. tells The News-Star’s Scott Rogers he hadn't seen the report but vowed to correct any discrepancies.

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