Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway recently announced that her office has begun the petition audit of Monroe City. The audit was initiated after a citizen petition was submitted to the Auditor's Office.
"My office will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the operations and practices of Monroe City government," Galloway said in a media release issued Tuesday. "I appreciate the effort from citizens in initiating this review, which will ensure the city is operating efficiently and effectively on behalf of taxpayers."
Under Missouri law, the state auditor`s office may be called on to audit a municipality if enough qualified voters of that entity request the audit. The Monroe City audit was initiated through the petition process, which required 200 valid signatures.
According to the state, the local government entity being audited is responsible for the audit's cost.
Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration may contact the state auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.
In July 2018, Jerry Potterfield informed the MonroeCity Board of Aldermen that he was requesting an audit after the board entered into a five-year $3 million contract with PeopleService Inc. for managing the city's water and sewer systems without a competitive bidding process and without exploring other options.