The Salyersville City Council is asking the state auditor's office to investigate the water company's records to figure out how it got so far in the red.
Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd says the water treatment plant owes $165,000 in overdue bills.
Shepherd says the city council tried to go through the books to find the problems but they could not find some records.
Now they are asking Crit Luallen to audit the water plant's books.
“We just feel like we don't have the resources or the expertise to really go back as many years as it needs to be done and find out what happened with all of the money that was gone,” Mayor Shepherd said.
The city council approved paying the state for the independent audit.
They are filing an official audit request and hope to get an answer soon.