The Paulding County Auditor is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of weighing and measuring devices used commercially in the county. A good Weights and Measures program saves the average household hundreds of dollars each year. The seal of the Weights and Measures Department protects the buyer and the seller by maintaining equity in the marketplace.
The Paulding County Weights and Measures Department inspects many devices for accuracy each year. These devices include gas pumps, deli scales, vehicle scales, fuel oil truck meters, and liquid propane meters, among others.
Package checking tests are conducted at stores to check the weight of the packages that are purchased so that when a product is labeled “one pound,” there is one pound in the package. Be an informed consumer by knowing what is required of merchants. Make sure a purchase by weight is NET WEIGHT, and does not include wrapping material.
When buying by count for such things as prescription drugs ask the druggist how many pills you are supposed to receive and ask them to include the amount on the label of the prescription. Count the prescription and be sure that you have received the correct amount. If a shortage is found, telephone or return to the pharmacy and if necessary report the error immediately. Shortages are caused by human error or by electronic counters malfunctioning.
Another area of our concentration is scanner checking. Many stores use electronic scanners to compute prices at the checkout counter. Paulding County Weights and Measures officials inspect these scanning systems to make sure that the correct price is charged to shoppers.
Remember to look for the current year County Auditor seal on weighing and measuring devices for your protection. If in doubt on any weighing and measuring matter, please contact the Paulding County Auditor's Weights and Measures Department at 419-399-8205.