$3,000 in missing funds forces city to change cash procedures

Changes in how the city of Dripping Springs handles cash transactions were made after city officials discovered close to $3,000 was missing earlier this year.

However, an outside investigation conducted into the matter didn’t result in identification of a suspect, said Bonnie Gonzalez, Dripping Springs communications coordinator in a statement. 

Gonzalez said the city discovered the missing cash at city hall in April 2017.

After discovering the case, Dripping Springs city officials conducted an internal investigation, as well as a follow up investigation that was done by an outside investigator. All accounting documentation was audited, according to the statement.

It was determined less than $3,000 was missing from city coffers. However, the investigations “did not yield evidence identifying a likely suspect.” It’s unknown from where the missing money is missing, or if the city has turned the investigation over to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the investigation, Dripping Springs’ administration approved new cash handling procedures and new security measures. Those procedures have been implemente. However, the city did not specify what those new procedures and security measures are.

“The city is confident that the new procedures will prevent future misappropriation of funds,” Gonzalez said. “The city will continue to review its cash handling and security procedures to ensure they remain up to date.”

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