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Audit of Richmond to begin soon

Voters who led a drive to get a state conducted audit of the city will finally see their efforts become reality.
State auditor Todd Schuler will address the Richmond City Council tonight and explain how the process will work and what to expect. Schuler will also meet with the petition group this afternoon before the council meeting to hear their concerns directly from them.
Last fall, the group obtained 498 signatures in a matter of 10 days, and eventually Ray County Clerk Lynn Rogers certified 455 as registered voters. According to state statute, petitioners need signatures from 15 percent of the registered voters. The group needed 351 signatures. The number is calculated on the number of registered voters from the last gubernatorial race, which at that time would have been 2004’s numbers.
Auditors will spend the next couple of months in Richmond performing the audit. They will be looking to see if the city follows state statutes and their own ordinances. Auditors will also look for deficiencies and suggest more efficient practices.
The audit is expected to cost at least $10,000 to $20,000 according to Schuler The city will be responsible for paying the bill.
After the audit is complete, auditors will present the city with their findings at which time the city will be allowed to respond. The auditor’s report and the city’s response will be released to the public and auditors will conduct a public hearing.

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