Jackson County Audit Find Millions In Problematic Contracts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state audit says Jackson County government spent millions of dollars on no-bid contracts or contracts that were not reevaluated for years. State Auditor Nicole Galloway says the audit released Wednesday also found the county was not transparent about millions it spent on legal, lobbying and other professional services. Galloway, the Democratic nominee in the Missouri governor’s race, said Jackson County ignored requirements in its charter that all professional services contracts over $5,000 be competitively bid, except in emergencies. Jackson County executive Frank White said the county cooperated with the audit and has already made changes several of the recommended changes.