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Coast city asking for audit waiver

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Legislature is considering a request from Bay St. Louis for a waiver on state-required audits for the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years because city officials said important financial records were lost to Hurricane Katrina.

City Clerk David Kolf said when Katrina hit the city was working on its 2004 audit, and had not yet done one for 2005. The city’s antiquated computer system, which he estimates dated back to the 1980s, didn’t back up some files electronically, but instead made only paper printouts.

At the city’s request House Speaker Pro-tem J.P. Compretta filed House Bill 1731, which sailed through the House March 24 and is headed to the Senate.

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