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Memphis residents ask state officials to review city's finances


NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Some Memphis residents have asked Tennessee officials to look into their city's finances and to examine their complaints of possible ethics violations by city officials.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1ilQSDK ) reports that Memphis mayoral candidate Mike Williams led the group of about 20 people who met with state officials in Nashville on Friday. They asked the officials to conduct a "forensic audit" of the city's books and an ethics review of city officials.

The group did not accuse any city officials of misconduct by name.

State Comptroller Justin P. Wilson pledged to review a thick set of documents Williams gave him. But Wilson said some of the concerns raised, including tax breaks the city gives to industries as incentives to create jobs, are political issues beyond his authority unless state laws are violated.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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