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Citizens of Florence react to city’s request for CBI investigation into missing money

FLORENCE, Colo. (KRDO) – City of Florence leaders have requested an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate missing taxpayer money.

The request from state authorities comes just days after 13 Investigations revealed that at least $95,000 of the city’s taxpayers’ money was used for interest-free loans for employees.

Florence Police Chief Shane Prickett said he left a message for CBI to investigate the missing funds. He also requested assistance from the Pueblo Police Department, according to an email he sent. 13 Investigations.

There is still a list of problems that some taxpayers want to see in the government of the city of Florence.

“A financially sound bill of health,” said Tim Jordan.

“It’s really important that we have good HR.. where employees feel comfortable,” Gail Nelson said.

“I want the same thing I do for big government, accountability and transparency,” said Janna Hagen.

For years they have lobbied for answers to the problem from their governments with calls for transparency largely unanswered until 13 Investigations intervened.

Longtime resident Morrie Aves ran for mayor twice with the campaign slogan “Let’s follow the money” but did not win the races. Aves died in February.

Councilman Brian Allen recognized Aves during the Monday evening council meeting.

“There were a lot of people who were right, and there were a lot of people who were wrong.” Allen said. “Thanks to Chelsea. Thanks to Morrie and Laurie Aves. Thanks to all citizens.”