State Auditor Susan Montee says the city was sloppy in keeping records, and should have planned more for the future.
It's a definite black eye for former City Manager Tom Finnie, who led Springfield during the time in question. His legacy is tarnished. Then again, Springfield once fired a city manager, Don Busch, and then named a building after him.
Downsides for the city:
•The police department couldn't account for more than $12,000 in seized money. The PD also let a major take an automatic weapon from seized property.
•The city's lobbyist was nicked for not providing proper documentation of the work he did -- work for which he billed the city more than $400,000 over two years.
•The city spent $300,000 for furniture for a police and fire training building -- but at present, they don't have a place to unpack the furniture; it's still sitting in its original packing boxes.
•Mayor Tom Carlson was a no-show for the audit release. Regardless of the reason, his absence looks bad.