The Missouri State Auditor will audit the City of Joplin. State Auditor Tom Schweich announced this morning that supporters of a petition audit of the City turned in 5,079 signatures to obtain the audit. After 2,000 signatures were verified by the Jasper County Clerk, the counting process stopped since supporters obtained more than the required 1,776.
The estimated cost of the audit is between $95,000 and $145,000. Schweich said he and his auditors are looking forward to completing the audit on behalf of those who signed the petition and everyone who has expressed concerns about the city.
"We are appreciative of the confidence the citizens of Joplin have placed in our office to do a fair and thorough audit of the city," Schweich said. "We see this audit as a positive way to continue the dialogue on how to help Joplin move forward both financially and administratively."
Some residents have called for an audit ever since City Manager Mark Rohr was fired earlier this year, as well as after a private investigator hired by the City was paid almost twice what the City Council originally agreed to pay for his services.