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South Pittsburg Mayor responds to audit letter

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SOUTH PITTSBURG, MARION COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- The city of South Pittsburg has been ordered to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars to the utility department.

A 20-year-old city ordinance required utilities to pay a $20,000 deposit for repair and maintenance.

Since then, a state auditor says utility leaders have paid for their roadwork without having to use the original deposit.

But in 2009, the mayor informed the utility it should have been paying the deposit every year.

In a letter sent Monday, a state auditor ordered the mayor to reimburse the utility $750,000.

South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian called the Channel 3 Newsroom Monday night.

He said he has not yet received that letter from the state auditor, but says the decision to require the utility department to pay the money each year was a unanimous one, voted on by the city commission board.

Mayor Killian says the utility has not fixed the roads after they worked and the city has been forced to repair them.

He says they will appeal the order.

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