State auditor says Wynnewood misused tax revenue
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (KTEN) — Oklahoma's top watchdog for taxpayer funds has released a report on the City of Wynnewood.
The audit, issued Tuesday by Oklahoma State Auditor Cindy Byrd, reveals that Wynnewood mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars of funds between July 2017 and June 2021.
Some of the report's findings include:
- More than $696,000 from the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District was inappropriately transferred to city utility bank accounts.
- More than $120,000 in sales tax revenue intended for street improvements was not used as directed.
- Current City Clerk Codie Cross gave herself an unauthorized $10,000 raise.
"We're trying very hard to be transparent about what we're doing to try to correct the managers," Mayor Keith Huitt said. "State auditors, they came and presented the material. I had asked them from the beginning to please come and do that when the audit was over because I thought the people should know-- see and hear all that they could about what was going on."
The audit was sparked after a petition by citizens. The findings documented poor organization and record-keeping.