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Recent Examples of comptroller from the Web
According to the complaint, the comptroller’s office ultimately paid more than $5,000 to fix the damage, and the United States government paid more than $7,000 to fix West Point’s site.
Olsen said the comptroller makes the decision on when to send out the funds.
The NRG Park complex in Houston served $3.3 million worth of alcohol in March, according to the comptroller’s office.
All of those banks have subsidiaries regulated by the comptroller’s office.
Instead, the Assembly created a task force to study whether the comptroller’s office should remain the state’s alcohol regulator.
So Viola the comptroller called in the forensic accounting firm RSM to analyze the situation.
Combs is a rancher and former Texas comptroller with strong ties to the oil industry whose politics align with efforts to weaken the law.
The settlement was approved by the state's Board of Public Works, a three-member panel that includes the governor, comptroller and treasurer, and now must be fully implemented within 14 days, according to the ACLU.
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Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comptroller for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization
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