Missouri bills Joplin in audit of 2011 tornado financial practices
JOPLIN (AP) — Missouri has billed Joplin more than $150,000 for a state audit that faulted the southwest Missouri city for its financial practices in the wake of the 2011 tornado.
The Joplin Globe reports the city recently received the $156,862 bill for the audit undertaken after a petition drive. The bill's nearly $7,000 more than the top end of the state's early estimate.
The audit gave Joplin the lowest rating and said the city lacked a foundation of best practices and delayed filing for about $10 million in disaster recovery reimbursements due from the May 2011 tornado that destroyed much of the city and killed 161 people.
Galloway also said some problems predated the tornado.
The council and city staff say they have been working on corrective measures.