Audit cites high cost overruns in St. Louis County

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ A new audit shows that St. Louis County taxpayers footed the bill for more than $4.5 million in cost overruns during the last fiscal year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that a St. Louis firm performed the independent audit of the county’s procurement and spending practices. It shows that the county approved 62 change orders on 10 contracts for goods and services.

The county budgeted $300,000, but spent $1.6 million over that, for gasoline purchases. It had overruns of $1.1 million for paper purchases, and spent an extra $716,000 for demolition projects.

Auditors recommend that the county “rebid” contracts that require “significant changes in scope.”
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch