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Commissioner raises red flag about county’s financial state
By Jill Denning Gackle
When Marvin Schwehr joined the Mercer County Commission a year ago, he didn’t do it to make friends.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Since taking office 14 months ago, Schwehr has been a thorn in the side of the Mercer County auditor. He wants more detailed financial reports for a county with a $1.5 million shortfall, a comprehensive audit by the state and adequate tax and financial software.
The rural Zap resident since 1985 said publicly before taking office that he would support the 2019 budget and said he didn’t anticipate any red flags before he joined the first meeting December 2018. As a former electrical contractor experienced with budgets, contracts and negotiations, he said he thought after he retired it was time “to give back.”