Speak up for government transparency

5 03 2014

Want to know how your water district or local housing authority is spending your money? Citizens might have to demand accountability from these agencies to get the answers.

Utah State Auditor John Dougall has released a list of 53 local government entities that are late in filing annual budget and financial reports, which show how taxpayer money was budgeted and how it was actually spent. The late reports span 2003 to 2012 and total more than 200.

In many cases, the auditor’s office can withhold funds until the reports are updated. Some local government agencies do not get state-allocated funds or property taxes but still are among the nearly 1,000 entities — including cities, counties and special-service districts — required to file reports.

A  list of the 53 delinquent filers can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1d2Jgzv. The auditor’s office is encouraging Utah taxpayers to ask these government agencies about their late reports and the money they are unable to spend because of their tardiness.

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