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EAST CLEVELAND -- East Cleveland's severe money problems are getting worse instead of better.

The city has been in fiscal emergency as declared by State Auditor Dave Yost for more than a year.

Now new audit findings for 2011 and 2012 show the financial situation is spiraling downward.

Yost says the city is breaking multiple laws in its financial record-keeping and spending.

"The city's lack of fiscal management is both unsustainable and irresponsible," Yost said.

East Cleveland officials have appropriated more money than the estimated amount that would be available.

In 2011, the city spent $1.3 million more than what was appropriated and, in 2012, that number jumped to more than $4.2 million.

Yost said his office has people "on the ground" at East Cleveland City Hall trying to get more complete and up-to-date information.

He questioned the city's ability continue to pay employees and provide services unless practices improved in 2014.

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