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State auditor looking into Eagle Mountain City's finances

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The city did its best on Monday to respond to residents’ concerns over high utility bills, the same day the Office of the Utah State Auditor announced it is looking into the matter.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The city did its best on Monday to respond to residents’ concerns over high utility bills, the same day the Office of the Utah State Auditor announced it is looking into the matter.

Mayor Heather Jackson sat down with ABC 4 News Reporter Cristina Rendon to talk about the spike on Monday.

She said the frigid winter is to blame for the high amounts people are getting on their monthly statements. Jackson said it has been one of the coldest winters on record since the 1940’s.

Jackson also said the city’s mobile meter readers were not working properly during the month of January. Because of this, the city estimated the amount of a resident’s natural gas usage based on their December reading.

“They will however have actual reads for the month of February, which means then that their February bill could be significantly higher,” Jackson said.

Workers with Eagle Mountain’s Utility Billing Department were kept busy on Monday responding to calls and emails from residents.

The backlash comes from a lengthy report complied by resident Sam Allen. He spent months looking into the city’s money and where it is going. It’s called the Eagle Mountain City Utility Scandal.

“There are a lot of pieces of truth in the document, but there is a lot of conjecture and ways of putting things together that are not accurate,” Jackson said.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the State Auditor released a statement to ABC 4 News regarding the report.

It reads:

        Over the weekend, the Office of the Utah State Auditor was made aware of citizens concerns about utility billing and city accounting practices in Eagle Mountain City. As this has recently been brought to our attention, the Office is currently reviewing the complaint to make a determination how best to proceed.

        The Office of the Utah State Auditor takes seriously any improper or questionable use of public funds. Any individual who has knowledge of the improper use of public funds can report such concerns to our Hotline, by visiting www.hotline.utah.gov.

Jackson said the city has nothing to hide.

“I put in my own call to the state auditor,” Jackson said. “I’m glad he’s taking a look at it. I think that’s great.”

Residents who wish to voice their concerns over utility bills can attend a meeting at Eagle Mountain City Hall on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
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