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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Legislator asks state to review city's finances

State Rep. Paul Beckman said Thursday that he will ask the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts to audit the city of Prattville's finances.
Beckman, R-Prattville, said in a statement that he received a letter from new Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie requesting the audit.
Gillespie became mayor when Jim Byard resigned to become an appointee of Gov. Robert Bentley. Byard is the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
"As the residents of District 88 know, I campaigned on a platform of openness and transparency and I am more than happy to assist Mayor Gillespie with this request," Beckman said.
The lawmaker said that his request for an audit is not an accusation that he or Gillespie believe there was any financial impropriety during the previous administration, but that they want examiners to conduct the audit to ensure that the city's accounting methods are adequate and accurate.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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