Little Rock, Ark – Today Auditor of State Andrea Lea presented her budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to the legislative Joint Budget Committee. Her proposed budget includes reductions in operating expenses and reductions in staff.
“Since taking office in 2015 I have actively searched for opportunities to reduce cost and improve efficiencies. The budget I proposed for FY 2017-2018 reflects my continued commitment to Arkansans to do the job I was elected to do in the most cost efficient manner possible,” said Lea.
Her proposed budget includes the following conservative reforms:
Since taking office Auditor Lea has:
A primary function of the Auditor of State’s office is administering the state’s unclaimed property program known as the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt. Despite significant reductions in staff and advertising costs, Auditor Lea’s office has exceeded the total amount of Arkansans being reunited with their unclaimed property than in previous years. As of November 1, 2016, 100% of all that was returned in calendar year 2014 had been returned in calendar year 2016, with two months remaining in the year.
“Implementing conservative reforms and reducing government spending is not just a talking point. I have put the idea in practice and Arkansans are receiving a better bang for their buck,” said Lea. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to finding more ways to spend less while also providing superior service to Arkansans.”