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A state audit found weaknesses in Uintah County's government spending

An audit of Uintah County released Wednesday found a number of weaknesses in the county’s government spending. These weaknesses included lack of financial control, improper spending of COVID-19 relief funds, and inadequate recording, tracking, and reporting procedures.

Uintah County came under the scrutiny of State Auditor John Dougall after his office received whistleblower tips about the misuse of government funds. Auditors expressed concern that county spending officials are disregarding regulations and guidelines and urge them to become compliant.

Caroline Long is a science reporter at UPR. She is curious about the natural world and passionate about communicating her findings with others. As a PhD student in Biology at Utah State University, she spends most of her time in the lab or at the coyote facility, studying social behavior. In her free time, she enjoys making art, listening to music, and hiking.