Sandoro presented an audit report outlining the debts of the town and its water works.
The water company owes $374,918, including a $234,997 debt service for the system and $75,035 to the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes.
It is unclear if the water company will take on the entire debt owed by the city water works if it opts to take over the system, Carper said.
Carper asked county staff to send a letter to West Virginia American Water representatives asking when they would be able to make a decision on the proposed takeover.
"We need to know if they're ready to proceed because we have to work with the city to get an election set up," Carper said.
Residents of Pratt will have to vote on the proposed takeover because the city owns the water system.
"The water company is very close to getting approval from their board," Sandoro said.
It could be ready to make a takeover proposal in as little as two weeks, Sandoro told Carper.
Commissioners also authorized Chief Fiscal Officer David Fontalbert to release checks to the Handley and Tornado volunteer fire departments.
Each agency is to receive $20,000, Fontalbert said. The money was withheld until the agencies turned financial information into the county.
Both are currently in the process of turning in that paperwork, Fontalbert said.