Missouri State Auditor to investigate spending in the City of Wellston

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WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) - Wellston citizens have succeeded in getting the Missouri State Auditor to pour over the St Louis County municipalities to get to the bottom of questionable spending.

The latest rub, Wellston had to pay $6,700 in fines to the ACLU for not turning over public information under the Sunshine law. Residents whose petition helped get the audit say that money could have gone for better things.

The Auditor may not examine one huge area of concern for residents and that's the high pay for political leaders.

The Mayor and City Council are among the highest paid in St Louis County in what is one of the poorest communities.

You Paid For It investigator Elliott Davis questioned Mayor Nathaniel Griffin. He says he’s cutting Police expense and public works expenses to save money. But said officials hadn't moved to reduce their pay.

He makes $20,000 a year for the part-time job; Council Members get $675 per meeting. That's more than Mayors and Council People in Clayton, Chesterfield, Brentwood, Berkeley, Collinsville and more that those in most other communities.

Wellston's Mayor says his counterparts elsewhere are probably underpaid.