An audit of the 2010 books in Merrillville, Indiana, found numerous discrepancies in the town's financial reporting, and new procedures have been implemented to curtail the weaknesses, the Post-Tribune reports. It was found that the town underreported cash and investments by nearly $550,000, receipts by $1.6 million and disbursements by $1.4 million. Because of the poor reporting, nearly $1.9 million in ambulance bills are also yet to be paid, even though the town's Emergency Management Services department was eliminated two years ago. As a result, Merrillville town officials have employed help from a collections agency to recoup the missing funds, the news source notes in a separate article. According to clerk-treasurer Gene Guernsey, the town won't seek compensation from Medicare or Medicaid patients who are in the process of making payments, but all others should expect to receive a call from collections. The media outlet notes that some of the delinquencies are from accounts dating as far back as January 1999.