State auditor to meet with Brentwood officials months after giving lowest 'poor' rating

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7:54 AM

(KMOV) – Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich will be back in Brentwood on Tuesday, five months after slapping the city with the lowest possible rating of poor.

Schweick will meet with Brentwood officials to talk about the progress of the city’s sloppy accounting procedures. In addition to its accounting, the May audit stated the city lacked the documentation that would give residents a clear overview of the way their tax dollars are being spent. 

But a quick look at the current website shows different bids are now being listed for equipment or services the city wants to buy. That was something not happening when the audit was performed.

The audit came about because of a citizen petition drive that began in 2011. Residents became concerned about the city’s finances after former city administrator Chris Seemayer pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 but continued to collect benefits.

Then it was revealed that Brentwood firefighters had been overpaid overtime for decades and that part-time elected officials had been given no-cost, full healthcare benefits for years.

No other city in the St. Louis region provides the same benefit.

The audit also found Brentwood often lacked documentation on credit card purchases, failed to get bids for many services and paid fuel bills late, racking up late fees.

Other problems that the audit found included the city violated its own overtime policy, it failed to show that a supervisor approved employees overtime and failed to keep records justifying closed council meetings. 

 

The auditor’s office has been working with Brentwood city hall to help it make changes. The city has also replaced several workers at city hall in the last several months.

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