'It's Like They're Hiding Something': Greene County Residents Sign Petition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Residents of Greene County are coming together with a petition to have the state conduct an audit of the county. 

"It's like they're hiding something. I don't like to think that of our people but it just seems like a no-brainer," Linda Duncan, Greene County resident, said. 

Saturday, people came to the Springfield Library Station to learn how to gather verified signatures for the audit.

The petition is asking for state auditor Nicole Gallaway to do a full audit of Greene County, not a partial or private one, which is what the county is seeking.

This comes after a whistleblower alleged that county money was used to promote a half-cent sales tax last November, which would support numerous projects within the county.

"I've been shocked by the number of people - especially the anonymous people - that have said, 'I'm super excited about this, I want to do this, but I can't be the front man or I can't have my name out there,' because of the level of intimidation that comes from the county," Katie Webb said. "That's the most concerning part to me is the number of people that have approached me and said, 'I face blowback if I talk about this.'"

Webb estimates the Greene County audit petition has received almost 100 signatures in less than two days. 

They need just more than 6,700 in about one year but are targeting to get 10,000.


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