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Auditors seek answers to nearly $29 million in Supreme Court spending


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s unclear how the West Virginia Supreme Court accumulated more than $29 million in its excess revenue fund in fiscal year 2012, nor have legislative auditors found an accurate explanation as to how the court spent that amount down to a little more than $330,000 by the start of fiscal year 2016.

The court is on pace to accumulate about $19 million in its own “rainy day fund” by the end of the current fiscal year as West Virginians prepare to vote on whether the Legislature should have more control over the court’s funds, according to an ongoing legislative audit released Sunday.

Members of the West Virginia Legislature Post Audit Subcommittee on Sunday heard a report indicating legislative auditors were working to determine specifically how and why the court accumulated the money starting roughly during fiscal year 2007 and how and why it was spent.

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