Audit finds ‘significant deficiencies’ in management of Johnson County airports

An audit has found “significant deficiencies” in the management of Johnson County’s two airports, with problems including lost revenue from out-of-date leases, fire and water damage risk to planes stored in the hangars, and a lack of transparency in spending.

The audit, presented to Johnson County commissioners last week by Auditor Ken Kleffner, outlined a number of purchasing and record-keeping actions that violated county policy and resulted in questions about whether the county got a fair price on what it paid for.

The audit covers New Century AirCenter and the Executive Airport.

For example, a $1.6 million remodeling project at the New Century was split into 11 sub-projects, a practice the county prohibits because it avoids restrictions on competitive bidding and oversight by the commission.

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