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State audit of Homer suggests legal and ethical violations

A legislative audit published last week on the town of Homer revealed several discrepancies and duplications in expenses filed for and received by the mayor, as well as checks written to

A legislative audit published last week on the town of Homer revealed several discrepancies and duplications in expenses filed for and received by the mayor, as well as checks written to the mayor’s husband’s business and a former parks and recreation director who also was receiving town checks for a non-profit youth organization he ran.

The audit states that Homer Mayor Alecia Smith, who in February joined with the town council in an effort to fire the entire Homer police department over budgetary concerns, received $4,100 for vehicle allowance, and submitted and received more than $6,000 for mileage.

Smith responded to the 11-page document in a letter that indicated new policies had been put in place, but the city had it’s “challenges,” that included high turnover, health insurance costs, numerous lawsuits, cash flow issues and a “severely aged infrastructure.”  

Click on the link below to read the entire audit and Mayor Smith’s response:

http://app1.lla.state.la.us/PublicReports.nsf/0/26D5B4C8FA55DE1C86257C3E0064692F/$FILE/00036A9E.pdf

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