The state of Alabama lost $108,000 worth of state property in the 4th quarter according to an audit report released Wednesday by State Auditor Jim Zeigler.
Zeigler — whose office is tasked with providing accountability to the taxpayers of Alabama by maintaining accurate records of all personal property valued at $500 and above by conducting property and equipment audits for all 176 agencies statewide — the report reveals 36 items were lost in Q4.
Four totaled vehicles amounting to $93,276 accounted for the largest area of loss on the report.
“Without the totaled vehicles, losses for the quarter were $14,731, possibly the lowest quarterly loss ever,” Zeigler explained.
Zeigler said new safeguards his office has put in place is paying off. In Q3, the state had lost nearly $200,000 in assets.
“The new safeguards we are putting into place are paying off with less loss of state property. Now, if we could just do something to stop the wrecks of state cars, we could reduce losses to a remarkably low level,” Zeigler said “Accountability works and re-pays for its costs many times over.”
Zeigler said he remains concerned about losses of weapons and weapons accessories. The 4th quarter report showed a bulletproof vest stolen from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, a bullet-resistant vest destroyed by fire, and a Glock pistol stolen from an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency vehicle.
View the full Q4 loss report below: