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Audit concludes state of Ohio owns too many planes

2:16 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- A report says the state of Ohio owns too many planes and lacks any centralized system for tracking costs and use of aircraft.

The report released Thursday by state auditor David Yost recommends Ohio develop a single cost center for all expenses related to executive branch travel on state aircraft.

The report also recommends the state either find another purpose for its underused five-person helicopter or sell it.

The audit says Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor took three flights last year that included routes meant to divert to the Canton Airport near her home, and Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder used a state plane to go from a private event to the Statehouse in Columbus.

The report says both reimbursed the state.

The report recommends that a formal set of policies and procedures be put in place so all users of the planes are aware of appropriate rules and regulations prior to requesting travel.

"Some other states have clear rules for the use of their state planes, Ohio does not," Auditor Yost said. "While planes may play a valuable role in conducting state business, the state ought to define that role."

Gov. John Kasich is reviewing the audit's recommendations.

WKYC-TV/The Associated Press

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