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Iowa rejects request to re-audit Clinton finances

CLINTON (AP) — Iowa officials have rejected a request by two Clinton city council members to re-audit the city’s finances.

The Clinton Herald reports that Deputy State Auditor Andrew Nielsen sent a letter to council members John Rowland and Paul Gassman last week.

The council members had raised concerns about the city’s sewer and solid waste accounts, outstanding debt, customer buildings and collections, and overall financial situation.

Nielsen’s letter says the concerns appear to be well-founded, but notes that an independent auditor has already addressed the city’s budget issues and made recommendations. The letter says city officials are responsible for resolving the issues.

The auditor’s office recommended that the city create an action plan to address its budget challenges.