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Joplin City Council prepares response to state auditor's office

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Joplin, MO - Joplin's City Council is meeting tonight with two main items on the agenda.  One is health insurance for employees.  The other topic of discussion will happen behind closed doors to the public.  It involves looking over a prepared response to the state auditor's office, after an audit was done on the city.  

Details of the state audit remain under wraps for now.

"This is a confidential matter," says City Councilman Bill Scearce.

But it's confidential only for the time being.  Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm says it'll be quite a few days before the city audit will be released to the public.

"We're excited to have had the auditors come down June Fourth and actually review the report with us, present the findings," says Anselm.

According to Anselm, the audit's cost to taxpayers may exceed $150,000.  We asked Scearce, who's already seen the audit, if he thought the audit, petitioned by residents, was necessary.

"Well, the citizens did.  I believe that citizens have the right to petition government, and government has a responsibility to respond to it," says Scearce.

We also asked Scearce is any of his concerns about city government were addressed in the audit.

"Well, I already know the issues that they looked over, so I would prefer not to respond to that," says Scearce.

Scearce also wouldn't say if the audit included previous city employees.

"I won't respond to that one, neither.  We have been asked by the auditor not to respond, and I certainly don't want to be known as a person who can't keep a secret, because I can," says Scearce.

City officials do say, though, residents will be enlightened in some way.

"I think it's always good to have somebody from the outside come in and take a look at things and see how we're doing," says Anselm.

"The citizens of Joplin, when this comes out, will have a chance to judge for themselves whether this was a worthwhile audit or not," says Scearce.

The state auditor's office hopes to release the audit report to the public by the end of this summer. 

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