State auditor presses Greene County to accept state audit as whistleblower complaints grow

Nicole Galloway, Missouri State Auditor (Office of the State Auditor)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- KY3 News has learned even more whistleblowers have now come forward, questioning how tax dollars have been used in Greene County.

The total number of whistleblower complains is now 23. Those complaints focus on how tax dollars may have been used improperly leading up to the sales tax issue on the november ballot.

Now, the state auditor is pressing county leaders to make a decision on whether or not to allow a state audit of the county. Auditor Nicole Galloway's office sent a letter to the commission this week. She, again reiterated the audit would be at no cost to the county.

Click HERE to read that letter.

The county instead paid a private law firm for its own investigation. Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin and Associate Commissioner Harold Bengsch voted to hire a private law firm with the cost to taxpayers of $365 per hour. A citizens petition is also underway to force an investigation by the state auditor's office at no cost to Greene County.

Sheriff Jim Arnott continues to urge Galloway, to abide by state law and turn over more information about the whistleblowers' complaints. He posted to Faceboook Friday his plea to her. WATCH BELOW: