Missouri State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick recently issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of cities and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws.
One report includes cities, towns and villages while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection and other taxing districts. The entities are required to file annual financial reports with the State Auditor's Office within six months of the end of their fiscal year.
A total of 404 municipalities were required to file by June 30 because their fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2022. Of those entities, 269 filed financial reports timely. Of 296 municipalities with courts required to file an addendum, 128 filed timely, and of the 95 required to file certification of compliance with court procedures, 65 did so on time.
Among the area’s cities required to file financial reports by June 30, the cities of Willow Springs and Birch Tree reportedly did not. However, Birch Tree did file its court addendum; it was not required to file a certification. Willow Springs filed both addendum and certification.
The cities of Eminence and Winona filed their financial reports on time, but not their addenda, auditors reported, and the cities of Houston and West Plains filed all three documents on time. Brandsville also filed its financial report in a timely manner, but was not required to file any other documents.
The auditor’s report also includes the filing status for 1,527 non-municipal political subdivisions with fiscal years ending Dec. 31, 2022, that were required to file financial reports by June 30. Of those, 1,123 filed their reports by the time they were due.
Subdivisions not filing their reports on time include the Douglas County Health Department; Howell County Public Water Supply Districts 1 and 3; South Howell County Ambulance District; Oregon County Ambulance District, Health Department and Library District; Thayer Special Road District; Ozark County Ambulance District and Health Department; Shannon County Ambulance District and Health Department; Licking Route 32 Community Improvement District (CID); Texas County Emergency Medical Services Board and Memorial Hospital; and Wright County 911 Board.
Filing on time were the Ava Ambulance District; 63 Bypass CID in Howell County; Brandsville Fire Protection District; Howell County 911 Board, Health Department and Rural Fire Department 1; Ozark Hills CID; Pomona and Pumpkin Center Fire Protection Districts; South 160 and Southern Hills CIDs; Timber Community Fire Protection District in Shannon County; Texas County Public Water Supplies 1, 2, 3 and 4; Texas County Memorial Hospital CID; Texas County Health Department and Library District; Mtn. Grove Special Road District; and Wright County Public Water Supply District 1, Health Department and Library District.