JOPLIN, MO.--- Auditors started work today, spending time talking with department heads and touring the city. The audit staff will conduct their work in Joplin as they begin their fieldwork phase. In June, Tamko President and Ceo David Humphreys requested the audit of the city to look into the spending following the May 2011 tornado. Last month, the state auditors office received more than 5,000 signatures from Joplin residents to obtain the audit.
During the fieldwork phase, auditors will conduct surveys with city officials, as well as review minutes from open and closed city council meetings and review transactions dating back to the May 2011 tornado. After the surveys are done, the auditors will have a better idea of what areas of the city need to be looked into more intently. Audit Manager Pamela Tillery says if there is something wrong with the city's books, they will find it.
"With over 5,000 people signing the petition, that there's a lot of people in the City of Joplin that believe the city needs to be audited by the state auditor. And I think that shows a lot of importance to them that they want answers," said Pamela Tillery, audit manager.
"It's very important. Apparently, there's a concerns out there in the citizens on how we've conducted business and I hope we get all their answers, answered for them, all their questions answered for them," said Morris Glaze, Joplin Mayor Pro-Tem.
Tillery says the cost of the petition audit will be between $95,000 and $145,000 which the city has to pay. Once the auditors get all the information they need from the city, they will go back to Springfield and start work on their report phase. We will continue to update the story when more information becomes available.
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