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Some Joplin residents want to audit the City Council

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Some Joplin residents want to audit the City Council.
The group called Justice 4 Joplin is gathering petition signatures for a state audit of the Joplin City Council.
The official copy of the petition was received late Thursday and by this afternoon, the group already had gathered 300 of the 1,776 signatures required for the audit.
Organizers accuse the council of mishandling $37,000, money used to pay the full bill for attorney Tom Loraine's investigative report on council ethics.
Council members are also accused of not following the Home Rule Charter in their process of firing former City Manager Mark Rohr.
It is estimated that the state audit would cost the City of Joplin anywhere between $95,000 and $150,000.
"Whatever it is, it will be well worth it," said Kim Seavy, Justice 4 Joplin.  "We're risking $168 million of federal money to be played with without accountability, that's not going to stand.  We just can't do it, we can't trust this particular group of people in this council with that kind of money or with our money."
Organizers hope to have acquired enough signatures within the next 18-20 days.
The next step would be for the state auditor's office to verify the validity of those signatures before conducting the audit.
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