Commissioner suggests sending state note reminding them to track taxpayer money

Sedgwick County commissioner Richard Ranzau this morning suggested sending the Kansas Department of Health and Environment a note asking the state to keep better track of taxpayer money.

Ranzau was referring to roughly $427,000 that KDHE overpaid to the county for the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.

The county discovered earlier this year that the state had overpaid and tried to send the money back. The county says it was unable to convince KDHE that it owed the state the money.

Then recently, a KDHE audit discovered the county did in fact receive more money than it was supposed to.

With government at every level — local, state and federal — scrambling for funding, Ranzau said it’s hard to tell taxpayers that $427,000 was missing.

He said he realized the county must send the money back, but he suggested doing so with a note reminding the state to keep better track of money.