LOUISA, KY. — On the heels of being named ‘SOAR County of the Year’ the Phillip Carter administration and the Lawrence County fiscal court have been blasted by the state auditor on five counts of mismanagement including nepotism and misappropriation of federal funds.
Yesterday, Carter also lost on public meeting notices as the Kentucky Attorney General ruled that Carter was wrong in failing to send notices to TheLevisaLazer.com and supplying minutes of meetings held without our knowledge (See separate story on thelevisalazer.com.)
In the audit nepotism charges, Carter hired his brother (not named) as county road foreman at a high rate of pay ($62,000) and did $156,000 in contract business with his brother-in-law (also not named).
In addition Carter has misappropriated federal ARPA funds by not documenting what more than $2 million was spent for.
In his response Carter said there was a lot of confusion and lack of instructions concerning the ARPA funding and pledged to get it all in compliance in the future. He has also listed some interesting reasons why he gave no bid contracts of $29,999, one dollar less than required bid amount, and then $5,000 to the same contractor on the same day.
You can read the audit and Carter’s answers by clicking on the headline below.