Houston-based public accounting firm McConnell & Jones publicly presented the conclusions of its management audit Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, and with it, a 173-page report detailing problems and recommendations within city finances.

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Although the management audit of Killeen city finances ended at the beginning of September, the accounting firm that did the work requested nearly $18,000 more than originally agreed upon.

Better pay for Killeen’s employees. That was the intent was behind salary hikes in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, based on a consultant’s study that showed public safety employees, such as police and firefighters, were paid below market, and that 70 percent of overall city employees weren’t ade…