I agree with dhoggard’s suggestion
We need more investigative reporting by people who are paid to do it. Just repeating what the government tells lets us in on is not enough. Good reporting includes looking under the covers and behind the doors.
Over-payments and juggling money around are not new. I have questioned some of Greensboro's expenditures that have been passed under the guise of the "Consent Agenda." Check out a questions I asked long ago.
I am a big proponent of open government, especially when it concerns public money.