Did you Know?
In the past 14 months, Oklahoma residents initiated petitions and collected signatures of registered voters to have the state auditor's office investigate local municipalities and school districts. They have 30 days to get 10 percent of the registered voters or 25 percent of the voters who voted in the last election in the school district, city, county or agency to sign the petition. It is the responsibility of the entity being audited to pay the costs of the audit. State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said any costs that exceed the estimate are paid for by the state.
Steve Miller led a petition drive to have the town of Bernice audited — fueled by concerns over open meetings violations, illegal fines for residents and questionable water bills.
Status: The investigation was completed and released in April and found violations of the Open Meeting Act, $100,000 in illegal fines and problems in the town's water billing process.
Estimated cost: $14,000 to $19,000.
Actual cost: $17,883.
Rattan Public Schools
Petitioners requested the auditor look into the purchase, use and sale of school property.
Status: The investigation was completed and released in July, and none of the petitioners' concerns were substantiated.
Estimated cost: $10,000 to $15,000.
Actual cost: $17,055.
The Cordell Council requested an audit after the initiative petition already had begun.
Status: Completed but not yet released.
Estimated cost: $20,000.