JEFFERSON CITY, Mo--Auditor Galloway today announced she will accept the request by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen to complete a comprehensive audit of the City of St. Louis. Auditor Galloway also pledged to engage citizens in the process. A group of St. Louis residents initiated and have been active in a petition drive to require an audit of the city.
"My audit will be a thorough and independent review of how taxpayer dollars are managed and will hold government accountable to taxpayers," Auditor Galloway said. "It's also clear that citizens have concerns that we can address through this process, and I want to ensure their voices are heard."
Throughout the next several months, Auditor Galloway will host a series of meetings with residents. The meetings will be scheduled in a variety of locations within the city with the goal of giving all residents the opportunity to voice their concerns.
Citizens can also provide information for consideration by contacting the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at email@example.com or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.
The last state audit of the city was completed in 2010. In just over two years, the State Auditor's Office issued 26 reports covering city departments. Today, Auditor Galloway said her office will begin her review by looking into whether the 2010 findings have been addressed.
"I have already charged my team with reviewing past recommendations to provide a sense of what progress has been made since the last state review," Auditor Galloway said. "My audit will also take a fresh look at how public resources are spent and how city business is conducted."
The audit is estimated to cost the city $1.25-1.75 million. Initial audit work will begin immediately. Once staff have had the opportunity to complete this review, a more detailed timeline for completion will be available.