11/10/2011 09:24 EST | Updated 01/10/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia to establish municipal auditor general to probe accountability

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is spending $300,000 to create an Office of the Municipal Auditor General.

Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell says the intent is to help municipal councils achieve value for money in operations and oversee accountability.

The auditor will be appointed by the province on the recommendation of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

Provincial funding will pay for salary and staff, while municipalities will have to chip in for office operations.

Municipalities will be now required to have a value-for-money audit done by a private-sector firm every four years to cover issues raised by the municipal auditor general.

The government hopes the position will be established by April 1.