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Kingston Township Improperly Paid for Health Care Costs
Columbus – Unlawful reimbursements for employee health care costs led to $9,500 in findings for recovery, according to the 2011-2012 audit of Kingston Township (Delaware County) released today by the Auditor of State’s office.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, if trustees do not procure an insurance policy or group health care services, townships may only reimburse for out-of-pocket premiums attributable to the insurance coverage provided for that officer or employee. Kingston Township passed two resolutions allowing for officials to be reimbursed for “health care costs” in general, which is contrary to Ohio law.
Between 2011 and 2012, the township reimbursed several employees and officers a total of $9,593 for “health care costs” that were not related to out-of-pocket premiums. Findings for recovery were issued against the employees and officials for the costs paid for by the township. To date, $1,618 has been repaid to the township by two trustees and the fiscal officer.
Auditor Yost served as the Delaware County Prosecutor from 2003-2010, serving as the attorney for all entities in the county. As such, he has recused himself from audits involving Delaware County.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.