KEYSER - West Virginia state auditor John B. McCuskey, on his tour of all 55 counties in West Virginia, was at the recent Mineral County Commission meeting to give a demonstration and advice on a new project that will bring the state “into 2018.”

By Jean Braithwaite

Tribune Correspondent

KEYSER - West Virginia state auditor John B. McCuskey, on his tour of all 55 counties in West Virginia, was at the recent Mineral County Commission meeting to give a demonstration and advice on a new project that will bring the state “into 2018.”

He said the project will involve a computer program of what he called “the official accounting site” for the state and will soon allow for each county to have their own website that will show revenue and expenses.

McCuskey said this accounting site could make West Virginia, “The most transparent state in the nation,” and citizens can in the future view the site and see what is being spent in every state department and commission, along with in every county at wvcheckbook.gov.

If Mineral County decides to be part of this accounting site, the web address will be mineralcounty@checkbook.gov.

At the present, he said one county has joined in with the program and that is Monongalia County.

On McCuskey’s computer, he demonstrated information on the website concerning a purchase at a lingerie shop, complete with the check number and other data, which would more than likely be determined to be an unauthorized purchase.

He mentioned the accounting program will mean the state’s auditors can do audits “from their desks, reducing travel time, and saving money for the state.”

Also, McCuskey said a standard county audit completed from the auditor’s desk would show a reduction of cost for that service, as much as thousands of dollars times 55 counties.

He said that within the state, counties are struggling, citing that one county does not have enough funding to employee any sheriff’s deputies.

McCuskey gave another perk for the program by saying that all county data is protected and saved even if an emergency should happen as flooding conditions.

Commissioner Roger Leatherman asked McCuskey about the fee to be charged to be part of this project, and McCuskey said the amount would be $3,000 for the fist year and $1,800 for off years.

The commissioners decided to have discussion on this subject later.