Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released the Missouri Department of Conservation audit Friday.
The MDC did not prepare a complete and accurate estimate of costs to reintroduce elk in the state. This is the same as in a prior audit.
In order to bring 150 elk into Missouri, the approved project budget anticipated spending $411,000, but as of June 30, 2011, the MDC had spent $1.23 million to do the job.
Two years later, the MDC has now spent $3.382 million to release 129 elk. This excludes salaried personnel costs and includes $1.424 from federal grants and private donations.
The MDC provided pay raises not provided to other state employees. The conservation commission authorized a two percent cost of living adjustment to most employees with 18 or more months of service in July 2012 and three other two percent raises through fiscal year 2014.
The MDC also provided a total of $54,036 in increases to two deputy directors and four division chiefs, who also received the annual and anniversary increases, and gave the department director, who did not receive the other increases, salary increases totaling $20,004, a 17 percent increase.
to read a copy of the full report.