The state’s auditor is calling for a full audit of the wood county government, accusing it of using a tax break to pay for a luxury office suite and two private jets.
The auditors report Monday also found that the county has not disclosed enough information about the $5.6 billion in taxpayer money it received over the past three years.
The audit comes after state officials and lawmakers said last year that Woodland County is using the money to pay lavish gifts and to pay a personal lawyer.
Woodland is home to a large number of wealthy people, and the county’s $6.2 billion budget is about half of what it was five years ago, according to the county auditor’s office.
Woodlands board of commissioners approved a $4.7 billion bond measure in June to pay down its debt and cover operating expenses.
The board approved a new bond last week to fund the county in its financial crisis.
Woodville has spent more than $1.5 billion on the county and nearly $1 billion on public services, including roads, parks and fire stations, in recent years.
Woodwood County’s spending is far above the average for all the other counties in Texas.
Wood County has also been the focus of several investigations by the Texas Attorney General’s Office into whether officials used county tax dollars for personal gain.