Ohio Auditor: East Cleveland 'worst city in Ohio' when it comes to finances

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost said East Cleveland is the "worst city in Ohio" when it comes to finances during an interview with NewsChannel5 Thursday.

State auditors reviewed the city's finances in 2011 and 2012 and found that the city spent $5.5 million more than what was appropriated from its accounts - an expenditure that is illegal in Ohio.

VIEW THE AUDITS: 2011 and 2012

Yost said they found the city's finances are in "continued disarray" and that the city's "lack of financial management is both unsustainable and irresponsible."

Yost said it's unlikely to lead to charges.

The auditors also found the city spent more money than it  had in estimated resource out of several funds.

NewsChannel5 investigator Sarah Buduson spokes with East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton.

He said audits are "important and necessary tools to help cities make adjustments and ultimately improve services."

"East Cleveland went for years without a current audit and I appreciate this auditor's commitment to bringing our city's audit up to date," said Norton.

"East Cleveland has had chronic financial problems for decades and these audits are critical to help us resolve those problems," he said.

Norton said he is working to create partnerships with non-profits and other government entities to save money.

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