by Ivan Foley
Spence Jackson, spokesperson with the Missouri State Auditor's office, told The Landmark this week that the state office will not be conducting an audit of the Parkville Old Town Market Community Improvement District.
The City of Parkville’s request for a state audit has no bearing on the state office's ability to conduct one.
“The only way we could audit the CID would be a petition audit process,” he said, which would require a certain number of signatures of registered voters within the community improvement district. An audit of a CID must be petition driven, different from an audit of an entity like a school, for instance.
“We can audit schools at our discretion,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he had no idea how many signatures would be required for such an audit of the CID because his office has had no reason to research that information.
The Parkville CID collects a one percent special sales tax within the downtown district. Tom Hutsler, chairman of the CID board of directors, said the downtown tax generated $58,000 in revenue in 2014, down from $64,000 in 2013.