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Audit should be public

The Selma City Council will meet Thursday in a work session, beginning at 5 p.m. One of the keys to this work session is to talk about the audit prepared by auditors hired by former Mayor James Perkins Jr. before he left office.

It’s important that the public attend this meeting or at least participate through the live blogging by selmatimesjournal.com. Those are your tax dollars at work. The audit will explain how well the city has acted as a steward of your hard-earned money.

This will not be the last audit. Mayor George Evans said early in his administration he would seek an independent audit by the State Examiner of Public Accounts. Evans and the council agreed that one set of auditors should move out of the way before another begins work.

In keeping with the already established trend of transparency, The Selma Times-Journal fully expects Evans to publish the audit on the city’s Web site, complete with the accompanying letter of findings. These are things the people need to know.