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New year brings new audit to Bay St. Louis city finances

It's expected to take the state auditors about two months to complete their review. The performance review is costing the city $35 an hour and could take up to 250 hours to complete. (Photo source: WLOX) It's expected to take the state auditors about two months to complete their review. The performance review is costing the city $35 an hour and could take up to 250 hours to complete. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

The new year begins a new audit for Bay St. Louis. City council members requested a more thorough audit from the state following its first audit of the year into the city's finances.

As WLOX has reported the Bay is experiencing cash flow problems. The new state audit, led by a team of two, started Tuesday morning. City leaders are calling it a performance review audit.

"I feel like this is an opportunity for us to get some advice and suggestions on processes we need to change or improve upon. It's not a witch hunt. We want to find out what we need to do differently follow the recommendation of the auditors and put an end to the controversy. That's why I voted for it," said Bay St. Louis City Council Member Wendy McDonald.

The auditors told council members Tuesday night their review is off to a good start.

"We've had a productive day today. What we're going to be doing is looking at some of the audit findings, breaking them down and looking at how these things may have occurred. Looking at things that we can help you guys that may improve operations, that will help you eliminate or alleviate some of the findings that you've had in the past," explained Sam Atkinson, a spokesperson for the audit team.

Atkinson promised city leaders an in-depth look.

"We're going to be taking a lot of records and documentation and do that magical stuff that we do in the auditor's office. And we will be in contact with you guys on a regular basis letting you know what we're finding, maybe starting some corrective measures where necessary," said Atkinson.

Some Bay residents applauded the city council's action.

"I just can't commend you enough for protecting the finances for the citizens of Bay St. Louis," said resident Ron Thorp.

It's expected to take the state auditors about two months to complete their review. The performance review is costing the city $35 an hour and could take up to 250 hours to complete.

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