KANSAS CITY - Officials with Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) have released the results of an independent financial accountability review that analyzed the department’s financial controls and processes.
The review was conducted by RubinBrown, a certified public accounting and business consulting firm, and focused on COMBAT’s existing policies and procedures as well as the steps that are currently in place to ensure financial accountability of the agencies funded by the department.
“When we take an overall look, we feel very comfortable with the financial accountability and the controls that have been put in place over the last several years,” said Daniel Holmes, who serves as a manager for RubinBrown’s Business Advisory Services Group.
COMBAT is funded through a one-quarter cent countywide sales tax that was first passed in 1989. Last year alone, COMBAT awarded $5.9 million to community agencies to treat and prevent drug abuse. Another $3.7 million went to local law enforcement to help fight drug crime.
“This review shows that we are meeting the high standards we have set for our county government,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “We will build off of this success and continue to look for ways to improve and become more efficient so that we can create the most positive impact for the most number of citizens.”
These results are the first part of a two part independent review of COMBAT. The second phase will include an evaluation of COMBAT’s organizational structure as well as an analysis of job functions within the department.