““When sales taxes are charged to citizens that they don’t know they are paying and they did not vote on, someone needs to have their back and scrutinize these projects,” Galloway said.<br><br>Galloway, a Democrat, was appointed state auditor in 2015 by then-Gov. Jay Nixon. She is seeking election to the office this year.<br><br>St. Louis has 128 CIDs that generate $700 million in taxes to pay for special projects in the districts. The auditor’s report estimates that CIDs collect $2.2 billion in tax revenue state-wide. The boards that oversee the spending of CID sales taxes are often controlled by developers who stand to benefit, according to the report.<br><br>“There is lack of transparency about how money is being spent,” Galloway said about the audit’s findings. “And there’s no assurance that those public dollars are being used in the public’s best interest.””

"“When sales taxes are charged to citizens that they don’t know they are paying and they did not vote on, someone needs to have their back and scrutinize these projects,” Galloway said.

Galloway, a Democrat, was appointed state auditor in 2015 by then-Gov. Jay Nixon. She is seeking election to the office this year.

St. Louis has 128 CIDs that generate $700 million in taxes to pay for special projects in the districts. The auditor’s report estimates that CIDs collect $2.2 billion in tax revenue state-wide. The boards that oversee the spending of CID sales taxes are often controlled by developers who stand to benefit, according to the report.

“There is lack of transparency about how money is being spent,” Galloway said about the audit’s findings. “And there’s no assurance that those public dollars are being used in the public’s best interest.”"

Missouri state auditor calls for more oversight of Community Improvement Districts

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway was in St. Louis Thursday to present her report on more than 400 Community Improvement Districts around the state.
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