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Helena-West Helena given another reprieve by state auditors

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The city of Helena-West Helena has been given another reprieve by lawmakers. Auditors say the city is making progress in providing financial records the state has been seeking for months.

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee agreed today to give the east Arkansas town another month to hand over a ledger, tax reports and other financial information. The city has faced the threat of loss of some state funds for not handing records over quickly.

Auditors have told lawmakers they met Monday with Mayor James Valley and would return to the city within the next week to complete the audit. Auditors asked for the additional month's delay to give them time to review records now provided by the city.

The state Legislative Audit Division has been trying to complete an audit of city records from 2006, the same year historic Helena merged with West Helena and the new city inherited record keeping and budget problems from previous administrations.


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