BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) - An independent audit has turned up numerous financial problems in the southwestern South Dakota city of Box Elder.
The audit concluded the city is operating at a general fund deficit of up to half a million dollars, has poor bookkeeping, improperly intermingles city funds and doesn't have staff trained to handle a budget.
It also says Box Elder is violating state law by not filing a required annual financial review with the state.
Mayor Bill Griffiths says a lack of sales tax revenue is a problem, and he wants to lure more businesses to Box Elder.
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