Galloway releases City of Leeton audit follow-up report

Eighteen audit recommendations chosen for review

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released the follow-up report to the City of Leeton audit. The original audit was issued in September 2014 and earned an overall performance rating of "poor." The follow-up report, which does not include an overall rating, highlights the steps the city has taken to implement audit recommendations, and notes areas where concerns remain.

"The results of the follow-up report show the City of Leeton is updating policies and processes to comply with many of the recommendations in the original report," Galloway said. "While there is still work to be done to address many of the findings, it has begun making progress toward a more efficient and transparent government to better serve the citizens of Leeton."

For follow-up reporting purposes, audit findings are prioritized and then selected recommendations are evaluated. In the follow-up report, 18 recommendations were selected for evaluation. Of those 18, four have been successfully implemented by the city, including one to address violations of the Sunshine Law related to notifications for closed meetings. Six additional recommendations are in progress. This includes recommendations to address inconsistencies in timesheet reporting and overtime payments and recommendations to establish a bidding process for services and goods purchased by the city.

Seven recommendations were partially implemented at the time of the follow-up review, including one related to the city clerk's authority to adjust customer water and sewer account balances. One recommendation, related to the city's handling of funds received from wireless phone companies, was not implemented at the time of the follow-up review.

Information for the follow-up review was collected in April 2015. The status updates in the follow-up report are deemed accurate through that date.

The complete follow-up report is available here.

The September 2014 audit report is available here.