(KMOV.com) – School districts and cities in St. Charles County received a refund after an audit revealed the St. Charles County Elections Office overcharged for providing election services.
The county refunded local districts and city governments more than $200,000. One official said St. Charles County Elections Director Rich Chrismer also overcharged the county.
“Chrismer not overcharged the other political subdivisions $221,000 but also overcharged St. Charles County $517,000 as well,” said St. Charles County Financial Director Bob Schnur.
Schnur said the county has given back more than $220,000 to 32 political subdivisions covering costs from 2008 through 2013. Francis Howell School District received the largest refund, $34,000. St. Peters received $31,000. The money refunded to the county came out of an account that pays for election costs and not Chrismer’s operating budget.
News 4’s Julian Johnson attempted to obtain a comment from Chrismer, but he did not provide an answer Johnson’s questions.
“I don’t trust you as a reporter, you don’t tell the truth,” Chrismer said.