Kansas City Water Dept. Boiling Point!!! Missouri Auditor Schweich Asks Mayor Sly And City Council: "What Are you Afraid Of?"
A recent statement from the Missouri Auditor noted Kansas City's embarrassing lack of transparency and laid the problem at Mayor Sly's desk.
Schweich Says Audit of Troubled Kansas City Water Department up to Governor or Citizen Petition
JEFFERSON CITY (Aug. 28, 2013) – State Auditor Tom Schweich said an audit of the troubled Kansas City Water Department by his office now rests with Missouri Governor Jay
Nixon or a citizen-led petition effort.
Schweich's office received a letter from Kansas City Mayor Sly James late Wednesday informing him that the city was opting against accountability without having a vote of the council about the accountability that a state audit would bring.
Schweich said he is hopeful the Gov. Nixon or the citizens of Kansas City would use their power to secure an outside, independent audit of the water department. "My question to the Mayor and the City Council is: What are you afraid of?" Schweich said.
"Based on the information we have received, an independent audit of the Kansas City Water Department is long overdue.
"Our office is in receipt of heartbreaking stories of the elderly and working families being forced to pay bills they claim they do not owe while corporations and municipalities go months without paying their water bill. This evidence is only anecdotal and only a thorough and complete audit will reveal the extent of any problems and the best solutions."
A request from Gov. Nixon's office is the fastest way to get an audit of the water department accomplished. A citizen-led effort would require 10,487 valid signatures of registered voters and would take an inordinate amount of time to complete.
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Missouri State Auditor
Thomas A. Schweich