CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - After a series of 9News investigations, the Louisiana legislative auditor sent their auditors to East Feliciana Parish to start looking through the Town of Clinton’s finances. Since then, audior has told Clinton officials they will have to go before a fiscal review committee.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera sent a letter to Mayor Lori Bell. It reads, in part, “the fiscal review committee will consider the financial stability of the Town of Clinton.”
The review is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
The committee will look at what auditors collected and whether the town can manage their own finances or not. If they deem the town cannot, the state can appoint a fiscal administrator to take over the town’s finances. All this comes as the town continues to work on dozens of issues related to the town’s water system.
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Meanwhile, a special meeting will be held in Clinton Thursday at 5 p.m., where Mayor Bell is expected to provide updates on what’s been done to correct the town’s water system issues.
The mayor’s attorney, Niles Haymer, says Mayor Bell and her staff have made considerable progress in the last several weeks and accusations that the mayor intentionally neglected the issues are false. He calls it “politics at its worst.”