AUSTIN — Organizers from Citizens for an Accountable Austin filed a petition with the Austin City Clerk Thursday morning calling for an independent third-party audit on how the City spends its money.

Before turning it in, Council Member Ellen Troxclair and former Council Member Don Zimmerman signed on.

Michael Searle, the organization’s treasurer, took the lead on turning the petition into the clerk. He said other cities, counties and school districts across the country perform these types of audits and have found areas where they can save.