Chattanooga taxpayers paid more for city office supplies over the last three years because former Mayor Ron Littlefield ordered that a local company get the contract, an audit shows.

City Auditor Stan Sewell said some of the procedures used to award COS Business Products & Interiors two bids three years ago could just be "sloppy work."

But Sewell said the bidding procedure used "doesn't look good unless you're trying to do something for a friend."

"I'm not saying anyone did anything wrong. It just doesn't look good," Sewell said.

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