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PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) — A state audit of the St. Louis suburb of Pine Lawn is raising several questions about how the small community is managed.

State Auditor Thomas Schweich’s office performed the audit following a request from residents. Results were released Wednesday showing that among other things, $1.4 million in delinquent trash fees have not been collected. That figure represents about half of the city’s annual budget.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the audit also showed the city had no prepared budgets for various funds. The audit says money was improperly transferred between funds, and salary advances were given to employees and aldermen.

Mayor Sylvester Caldwell says he is pleased with the audit and city officials are working to make things better.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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