Residents react to Bridgeport’s finances deemed ‘unauditable’

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

The village of Bridgeport could be facing legal action after officials found its financial records “unauditable”.

On Wednesday, Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office put out a release stating the records in question are for the reporting period of January 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017.

When asked about the situation, several residents said they wouldn’t be surprised if Bridgeport does have financial problems.

“I think they are. I would say that for almost everywhere in Belmont County,” said Sandra Brothers, Belmont County resident. 

“Yes. I think they do have financial issues. Just look at the potholes in the roads. There’s a lot of damage,” said Mike Pierson, Belmont County resident.

“I feel that way when it comes to the entire area we live in. We feel like we’re the bottom of the barrel when it comes down to it,” said Josh Jenkins, Belmont County.

7News reached out to Bridgeport Mayor Dave Smith for comment, but has not heard back.

The village has 90-days to provide the state auditor with revised records.

If they don’t comply, they will face legal action.

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