Fiscally Distressed Municipalities

As part of the Legislative Auditor's mission of accountability and transparency, we have begun posting a list of "fiscally distressed municipalities" on our website. The municipalities included on this list are those municipalities that may not be able to continue to provide basic services (utilities, police protection, etc.) to residents in the near future.

When determining the composition of the list, we analyzed each municipality's most recent financial information, as well as financial trends compared to other municipalities. We also considered additional factors, including:

  • Disclaimer - The CPA performing the audit was not able to determine if the financial information was complete or accurate (poor accounting records, fraud, etc.);
  • Going Concern - The CPA performing the audit was concerned that the municipality may not continue to operate in the future, based on factors disclosed by management (significant debt, insufficient utility rates, loss of a major industrial taxpayer, etc.);
  • Negative Fund Balance - The municipality has more liabilities than assets and may not be able to settle its obligations; and
  • Water Infrastructure - The Rural Water Infrastructure Committee has identified the municipality as one that has significant problems with its water system, increasing the risk of a public health emergency or requiring expensive repair/replacement of equipment.

Our goal is to work with each municipality's elected officials and provide recommendations to place the municipality on a path to fiscal stability.


Municipality Current Status/Concerns
Town of Melville Fiscal Review Committee is monitoring; Rural Water Infrastructure Committee concerns
Town of Clinton Fiscal Review Committee is monitoring
Town of LeCompte Auditor could not issue an opinion for most recent year (disclaimer)
Town of Ball Auditor could not issue an opinion for most recent year (disclaimer)
Town of Jonesboro Auditor could not issue an opinion for most recent year (disclaimer)
Town of Washington Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
City of Grambling Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
Village of Epps Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
City of Tallulah Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
Town of Basile Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
Town of Lake Providence Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
Town of Newellton Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern)
Town of Baldwin Auditor issued a concern regarding ongoing operations (going concern); Rural Water Infrastructure Committee concerns
Town of Winnsboro Latest financial statements indicate a negative fund balance (deficit)
Village of Waterproof Latest financial statements indicate a negative fund balance (deficit)
Town of Vidalia Latest financial statements indicate a negative fund balance (deficit)
Town of Tullos Rural Water Infrastructure Committee concerns
Village of Powhatan Rural Water Infrastructure Committee concerns

The list above is different from the Legislative Auditor's noncompliance list. The noncompliance list includes those local governments which have not submitted a required financial report to our office by the statutory deadline or which received a disclaimer rather than an audit opinion. The noncompliance list can be found at lla.la.gov/reports-data/non-compliance/