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Commissioners get good audit report

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Commissioners received a good report from auditor Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Company on Monday.


According to reports, Scott discussed with commissioners the different departments and the overall finances of the county and he told the board he determined the audit to be “good.”


The majority of the county’s revenue is derived from ad valorem taxes and Scott noted that the staff in the Bladen County Tax Office are doing well, but he indicated that one more staff in the office would be of benefit, according to reports.


In other business, the board heard from Chris Harrelson and Vickie Smith regarding the newly rolled out NCFAST system. According to reports, the NCFAST system has experienced problems with enrollments throughout the state. Harrelson and Smith told the board on Monday that the local office is now current with the case load that was created due to the NCFAST system hiccups, according to reports.


Harrelson and Smith also told the board that the NCFAST system will now begin to integrate the medicaid program and local employees are overwhelmed with the system, according to reports. Smith said on Monday that the new system will allow a client to meet with one worker and determine what benefits they are eligible for and enroll instead of meeting with a separate worker for each individual program they are eligible for, according to reports.


Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw updated the board on the proposed fire training facility.

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