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2009-02-26MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

St. Joseph Audit

That's one of the findings from a state audit of the city of St. Joe.

The report says to bring the system up to state and federal standards customer's bills would have to increase at least 2 hundred percent.

The audit says the sewer system is so outdated about 3 billion gallons of untreated water- including sewage- overflows into the Missouri river at St. Joseph every year.

Auditors also found about 2 million dollars has been paid from the city to the St. Joseph museums incorporated over the last 5 years, but neither had a valid contract for the city to operate the museums.

Investigators also found purchases and travel expenses reported by city employees were not always necessary and oftentimes the required paperwork was not submitted.

They also criticized contributions of money and property that didn't seem prudent and may violate the state constitution.

Auditors also found expenses were not recorded for take-home vehicles and cellular phones for employees.