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MARCELINE, MO. (2010-4-8) After a community petition forced a state audit, Marceline citizens now know the findings.
The state auditor found the city's electric rates are bringing in more revenue than neccessary to cover the expenses. For the two years ending in October of 2009, Marceline took in $1.3 million in its electric fund and used some for city operations. The state says using that money as general revenue Marceline is in effect taxing its citizens without voter approval. It also enterned into a $440,000 contract with the Missouri joint municipal electric commission without documenting cost estimates of cheaper partnerships and it leased two power generators for more than a million dollars over 15 years without analyzing cost savings. The audit also found 18 different checking accounts for the city but weak eversight of duties of the city clerk or administrative secretary for handling the money. It also found the general revenue account is significantly subsidizing the Marceline business complex rents, but miscalculated the level of the funding needed for the complex in fiscal years 2008 and 2009. State investigators also found Marceline doesn't always follow state law when putting out bids or entering into written contracts, nor does it adequarly track and reconcile fuel purchases.
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