Missouri State Auditor

Greene County Courthouse
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The Missouri State Auditor’s office is looking into allegations that public resources were misused in Greene County to advocate for the recently-passed ½-cent general revenue sales tax.

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Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued a follow-up report on the city of Sparta’s operations.

According to Galloway’s office, the initial audit, released in September 2016, “raised serious concerns related to the city's finances and management policies.” Auditors returned for a follow-up review this year.

She said the new report shows improvement, but more work needs to be done to make sure public dollars are properly managed and accounted for.

Webster County

A recent audit found improvements in government operations in Webster County after a former assistant county clerk there pleaded guilty to stealing money.

Last November, Billy Breitenstein pleaded guilty to using a county-issued credit card to make more than $17,600 in personal purchases over several years.  He was ordered to repay the money and serve five years of probation.

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The Missouri State Auditor’s Office has given Polk County an overall “good” performance rating in a recent audit.  But the audit raised some concerns related to oversight and review procedures in the Polk County Collector's Office.

According to Auditor Nicole Galloway’s Office, the report found there is no review of the county collector's financial activities by the county clerk or the county commission, which it says “increases the risk of loss or misuse of funds.”