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Pamphlet details Westmoreland County's finances

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:48 a.m.

Every summer, Westmoreland County Controller Carmen Pedicone releases a 200-page book that details every dollar spent and received by the county government the previous year.

It's an audit that he's required to release, but few outside the courthouse have shown much interest in the comprehensive report.

So Pedicone has devised a simple, 16-page color pamphlet that includes much of the same information but in a format that he says makes it more useful to the public.

"It's got a brief history of the county and states the financial position of the county in layman's terms," Pedicone said.

The publication, which cost a little more than $2,200 to produce, will be distributed at the courthouse as well as in local tax collectors' offices and municipal buildings. It's also available online at the controller's page of the county's Web site.

Pedicone said the report was designed to be useful to the public and not just for financial professionals who typically scan the full audit report.

"It's just simple," Pedicone said.

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