Tucson leaders call for MTCVB audit

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Tucson's mayor and council are trying to show they're accountable with taxpayers dollars.

The metropolitan Tucson convention and visitor's bureau is already undergoing a county audit and after Tuesday's vote, the city wants answers too. But the vote wasn't unanimous.

Vice Mayor Shirley Scott was the lone voice opposed to conducting an audit of the MTCVB.

"I think it's overkill, and it's not a question of transparency but burdening staff with a very very big audit request," said Scott.

Council members Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres brought the issue to mayor and council and Kozachik says when it comes to taxpayer dollars audits like this are more important than ever.

"We are spending other people's money," said Kozachik.  "The more of this thing we can conduct the greater accountability exists."

Accountability is just what the Pima County tea party patriots continue to ask for. They rallied right outside council chambers Tuesday while council discussed a bureau audit. They haven't forgotten about October's scathing Rio Nuevo audit.

"It's good to keep the issue in front of the elected officials and in front of the people of Tucson, they're the ones who ultimately got ripped off," said one Tea Party advocate.

City council and the MTCVB will work together to ensure taxpayers aren't ripped off again.  Bureau President Jonathan Walker answered questions before council And says his agency will cooperate fully.

"I'm sure the MTCVB will open their books and open their information to the community and prove that the investment the citizens of Tucson do is actually a good investment," said Councilwoman Regina Romero.

"This is not a condemnation of what they've done in the past its appropriate with the moment that we're in," said Mayor Bob Walkup.

Mayor Walkup says he's sure the audit will show the visitor's bureau is doing a fine job with taxpayer dollars.

Whatever the audit does find will be released in 90 days.