Finances

State auditor looking at Eagle Mountain's finances

2013-03-07T00:27:00Z 2014-02-24T11:33:44Z State auditor looking at Eagle Mountain's financesCaleb Warnock - Daily Herald Daily Herald
March 07, 2013 12:27 am  • 

EAGLE MOUNTAIN -- Eagle Mountain is being investigated by the state Auditor's Office after a resident complaint.

City officials told the Daily Herald they welcome the investigation, and believe its result will put to rest any questions about the city's finances.

"We have determined that our office will investigate further the allegations" that the city is taking money from its utility bills to fund other parts of the city government, state Auditor John Dougall said in a letter dated March 1. The investigation also will examine "the city's entertainment and travel expenses, and the alleged missing $7 million in sewer bonds."

The allegations against the city stem from a viral 60-page critique of the city posted online in January by resident Sam Allen. In February, the mayor and council members met with hundreds of residents in a town hall meeting to counter the report.

The city had encouraged Dougall to investigate.

"We understand there has been a complaint filed with your office," Eagle Mountain Mayor Heather Jackson wrote to the state auditor in a letter dated Feb. 13. "We request that you review this complaint thoroughly. We are more than happy to work with you in any way possible. We appreciate the need for transparency and diligence in maintaining accurate financial records."

The auditor also declined to investigate several allegations including "salaries, special events, excessive debt, the military fee abatement program, tiered water fee schedules and other miscellaneous alleged misuses," Dougall wrote. "These issues were all decisions made by the city council through public meetings and are adequately disclosed in the city's public budget documents. While you may not agree with the city's decisions on how these funds were spent, the use of city funds on these activities is not illegal and is well within the authority of the council."

Residents who are unhappy about the council's decisions should attend city council budget hearings and speak up, Dougall said.

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-- Caleb Warnock covers 11 cities in north Utah County and is also the Daily Herald's environmental reporter. You can find him on Facebook and at calebwarnock.blogspot.com.
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