Commissioners court hears outside audit


At its meeting May 13, the Gonzales County Commissioners Court heard the results of the annual financial report performed by Beyer & Co. Gonzales County received an unmodified opinion, the highest level, during the report. Gonzales County’s assets exceeded its liabilities at the end of the most recent fiscal year in September 2018 by a net position of just under $42 million.

The governments total net position decreased by $312,198 because of an increase in expenditures of $3.3 million. The county’s debt decreased 3.72 percent during the current fiscal year.

It was noted that no department was over budget and the sheriff’s office and jail were under budget. The report did not find any material weaknesses in the county. They did, however, find a handful of significant deficiencies including a combination of critical duties in the Treasurer’s office and minutes from Commissioners Court meetings lacking detail.

The report also found other administrative deficiencies such as an outdated employee manual, a lack of a certified investment officer and bank statements having uncleared checks.

Other news from the meeting:

  • May 2019 was designated “Elder Abuse Prevention Month” in Gonzales County.
  • SouthStar Bank was awarded a county depository contract.
  • The court approved moving forward with communications with a grant writer for Hurricane Harvey recovery funding. The Texas General Land Office grant would help with both infrastructure and buyout/acquisition applications.
  • The budget was amended to purchase a new server.
  • Bills were read and approved.