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City to clarify financial status

January 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The financial standings of the city of Elkins have come up for discussion inside and outside city hall for some time. The question never was whether there was a lack of money in the coffers, but more along the lines of how it was budgeted and who was taking a lead in the decision making for distributing funds.

Mayor Duke Talbott has made numerous efforts to seek some of those answers since he came into office nearly three years ago. All of this information and more is about to come to light.

Findings of the city's audit reports, as prepared by the state auditor's office, will be presented to the public at 10:30 a.m. Monday in council chambers. To our knowledge, City Council members have not reviewed any of the documents, and they have not commented on what to expect. Whether the report brings adversity, praise or only standard notation, it is still important for taxpayers to know how their money has been handled.

Talbott had earlier asked auditors to be available for a public address. We commend the mayor and City Council for making this happen. Any residents who can attend, should. Those who can't ought to make it their business to find out what's detailed in the review. The Inter-Mountain will carry full coverage in Tuesday's edition.



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