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Augusta Commissioners will again seek full financial audit of the city



As the Augusta Commission prepares to convene in January, two commissioners are promising to continue to ask for a full financial audit of all city departments, a measure that failed twice in 2021.

District 10 Commissioner John Clarke and District 3 Commissioner Catherine Smith-McKnight say they...

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  1. Keep requesting and keep on getting those commissioners against the audit on record. It is yo the point, in my opinion, where most of the commissioners would rather cover up inappropriate practices rather that “discover” them and correct them. Prove me wrong – please,

  2. I applaud Commissioners McKnight and Clarke for continuing to push for a complete audit. Where are the other commissioners? Why are they keeping silent? Do they have something to hide? Or are they just asleep at the wheel? Come on, folks! Let’s clean the place up and restore the public’s confidence in our local government!

  3. Everyone knows that the full commission will never support a full audit. Some of them have things to hide. Someone in the commission needs to call for a audit of the Mayors office. That will lead to more items and individuals also needing to be audited. Myself and many others are getting tired of the same old games. We are planning to vote against any and all not willing to call for an outside audit of the Mayor’s Office. No more back room dealing.

  4. Can we as taxpayers demand a forensic audit?
    It has been one snafu after another. In my opinion the parks and recreation money (from almost losing Pendleton King park to recently taking $45k for consultation) is used a slush fund. Fleming park has never been fixed, instead they just turn the power off and walk away.

  5. An audit of all departments would be a great gesture by the full commission especially with elections coming up. It would show they are truly trying to do what is best for the citizens and have confidence in the directors of the different departments in which they have confirmed and a supposed to oversee.

  6. Why is the new District 4 commissioner, my district representative, not speaking up on this issue. He was appointed as a result of “crony commissioners” covering things up, and his predecessor being removed by the governor. Does anyone know how citizens can demand a forensic audit? I will contribute to a fund to get something started on that issue. This is not about race, it is about honest and ethical accountability to the people for whom you work, the taxpaying citizens of Augusta/Richmond county.

  7. The shotgun method of all departments being audited will not work, and this is the same agenda item has already failed twice. Before you put an item on the agenda you should probably garner support from the Commissioners that will be voting on it and if you cannot, change the agenda to where you would get their support.

  8. A forensic audit is long overdue. If the commissioner’s fail to vote for this, it is time to ask the FBI to investigate the local political government corruption (misappropriation of funds, lack of accountability, failure to produce receipts/documents etc.) The taxpayers have been duped far to long, not to mention that the city administrator is about to give each commissioner a million dollars with zero accountability; and a million to the mayor, who has yet to account for almost a half million in misappropriated funds.

    Also no one has explained the money or record keeping for the Vax Up program. Which money’s may need to be paid back to the Feds for improper use of Cares funds. Where did it go? Who received the cards? Doesn’t anyone care where your tax dollars have gone? Anyone?

  9. OK. So perhaps a “shotgun” approach to an aufit is not a good idea because it is not specific enough and there needs to be an identified focus – as has been stated. So START with the well documented problems in the mayor’s office and follow any areas that come to light. You have to start somewhere. Let’s see which commissioners are against auditing a specific, well documented, and obvious misuse if public funds in the office of the mayor. Isn’t that specific enough?

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