HAMILTON — Ravalli County's commissioners continue their efforts to get the county's accounting mess cleared up.
Commissioners on Thursday approved spending up to $10,000 to hire retired Beaverhead County treasurer Kathy Allard as a temporary treasurer to get the county's books up to date.
They also authorized a $4 million tax payment to the state to avoid a $37,000 penalty. The state estimated the county owes nearly $4.5 million, and the rest will be paid when the county's books are reconciled.
Treasurer Valerie Stamey was put on paid leave on Jan. 23 after falling months behind in depositing money and providing disbursements and financial reports. She has claimed the county's books were a mess when she was appointed in September and alleges previous treasurers allowed tax liens to be sold illegally.