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County leaders request review of Trumbull water district budget

WARREN, Ohio - County leaders are questioning the way Trumbull County's water districts are budgeted.

A public meeting was held Tuesday to air out some of the confusion, but some left with lingering concerns.

Sanitary Controller Joan Wells reviewed her account of how much each district paid or underpaid the past five years. She described their payments as evening out over that time frame.

But Wells declined to comment on camera or to detail those same figures to 21 News.

The county engineer's office took over the sanitary engineer division earlier this year and reviewed this budget.

Engineer Randy Smith says "the budgeting practice for water districts seems contrary to basic accounting principles as well as public policy."

He tells 21 News he's still waiting for a detailed breakdown of what districts paid in recent years and if they were ever reimbursed.

County Commissioner Frank Fuda wants the engineer's office and members of the sanitary division to iron out what changes could be made if needed.

"I think there was confusion, you have a new sanitary engineer who's been there for just months, three months, and he's questioning whether some of the things that have been done over the past three decades are being done correctly or not," Fuda said.

At the request of commissioners, the county prosecutor's office reviewed the current budgeting process underway for the water districts. After conducting its review, the prosecutor's office sent a letter to the Ohio Attorney General's office requesting it conduct it's own investigation.

Meantime, Commissioners Mauro Canatalmessa and Dan Polivka have asked the county engineer's office to research the possibility of consolidating the county water districts into one district. 
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