Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of the city of Lexington and the Lexington municipal court, located in Lafayette County in western Missouri. Residents of the city of Lexington requested the city audit through the petition process.
"Lexington residents requested this audit of city operations and finances and my team will perform a thorough review at both the city and court level," Auditor Galloway said. "As we've seen in past audits across the state, when citizens are engaged, the process works to uncover concerns and shine a light on local government operations. I look forward to providing these results to the citizens of the city of Lexington."
City audits may be initiated through a petition process or by request of the governor. The Lexington city audit was initiated through the petition process, which required 312 signatures. In order to maximize efficiency, auditors will also review operations and finances at the municipal court. This is the first state audit for the city of Lexington. The Lexington municipal court was audited in 1997.
Individuals may contact the State Auditor's Office through the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by calling 800-347-8597 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.