JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — Missouri State Auditor Galloway announced that audit work has begun in Jackson County. The first audit report will focus on COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax), the county’s program to fight substance abuse and drug-related crime.
Earlier this year, Auditor Galloway accepted a request by the Jackson County Legislature to conduct an audit of Jackson County. Initial efforts included meeting with legislators and county officials to hear concerns and receive feedback from citizens.
“Over several months, I’ve spoken to citizens and officials in Jackson County about a variety of issues, but found a common theme: concerns about how taxpayer dollars are being utilized,” Auditor Galloway said. “Our work to investigate these issues will begin with COMBAT, an important program related to the safety and well-being of citizens, to ensure these dollars have been managed effectively and appropriately.”
Auditor Galloway said she has been in communication with Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker, whose office currently oversees the program. The performance audit of COMBAT by the State Auditor’s Office will utilize in part the information being obtained through the financial audit already underway. The performance audit will focus on whether the program has operated in compliance with state law, local ordinances and best practices.
The report on COMBAT will be released first, but plans are underway to examine other issues, including a general review of county budgeting, contracting and procurement processes.
Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to provide information for consideration by contacting the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.