DeKalb officials say no money is missing, and the $72 million amount is an error from a spreadsheet created in 2012.
But Viola Davis of the citizen group Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter says she's concerned that money may have been stolen, and she wants the county to conduct a comprehensive audit to ensure public money has been protected.
Mark Niesse covers voting rights and elections for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also reports on the Georgia House of Representatives and government. He has been a reporter at the AJC since 2013 following a decade at The Associated Press in Atlanta, Honolulu and Montgomery, Ala.