The Missouri State Auditor’s Office announced Monday it filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Clay County Commission.

State Auditor office officials said the lawsuit filed by the commission seeks to prevent the Auditor from conducting a comprehensive review as requested by Clay County citizens.

“Today’s motion seeks to quickly bring an end to this unnecessary lawsuit,” the press release said. Thousands of Clay County citizens demanded accountability from their government. They deserve answers, not costly efforts to prevent auditors from fulfilling their duty under the law.”

Clay County officials said they continue to cooperate with all legal requests from the State Auditor’s Office. All financial transactions made in the past two years have been turned over as requested to the audit team, officials said, including 300,000 lines of data and more than 1,300 pages of documents.

“This Commission is confident that the constitutional issues brought forward are serious and far-reaching,” Clay County officials said. “Government requires accountability at all levels. The County looks forward to a Judge addressing these matters.”

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