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Schedule Set for State Audit of Country Club Village

State Auditor's office staff met with village trustees to outline process for state audit. Residents who petitioned for the audit pleased
(COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE, Mo.) Leaders in Country Club Village now know the details of an upcoming state audit.

Representatives from the auditor's office met with the village board of trustees to go over their process.

An auditor will come back in January and spend approximately six weeks going through the village books.

That comes as good news for a group of residents who have been voicing concerns for about a year over the way some village dollars are being spent.

"We're very pleased that it's started. It's been a long process," said John Clemens, who was part of the citizen petition process that requested the state audit.

"We would just like to have it solved where the money is supposed to be properly allocated and it's put there for the proper use," said Roger Robbins, a former trustee who had been vocal about how some tax dollars had been used.

The question in the village is how motor fuel taxes and a village sales tax are being used. Many say that money should be designated specifically for road repair.

"But the village attorneys and the village board claim that they can spend the majority of the money on police," Robbins said. "That's not what the law says and that's what we're asking for, a clarification."

To clear the confusion, it will now take a state audit and about $35,000 to pay for the work.

"We had tried to communicate with the village board of trustees and we just couldn't make any progress," Robbins said.

Upset village residents say they were met with strong feelings as they collected signatures requesting the audit.

"We had no difficulty getting the petition for the state audit," Clemens said. "Most of the people we talked to, the overwhelming majority, indicated they had angst on how the village was spending their money."

"There are some factions that would actually like to de-annex from the village because of this," Robbins said. "There is no money."

Village trustees say they had a good discussion with the state auditor's office as they outlined the process going forward. However, those asking for the audit say it's sad that it's gotten to this point.

"We made several attempts to try and communicate with them and really didn't meet with any success," Clemens said.

Auditors say their work could take as much as six weeks. Afterward, they will compile a report that should be made public by next summer.

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