The first round of voter-mandated audits in Baltimore will be delayed several months, according to a mayoral spokesman.

The firms working on audits of the finance, transportation, and recreation and parks departments have not yet finished their work — despite a goal of completing the audits by Sept. 3 — said Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

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The city now has a goal of completing the audits of transportation and recreation and parks by Nov. 30 and finance by Dec. 30.

"We want to make sure they're thorough and complete and right," Libit said.

The City Council has scheduled an investigative hearing about the audit delays for 10 a.m. Thursday. The finance committee will hear from administration officials.

The city is paying about $416,000 for performance and financial audits of the three agencies. Hamilton Enterprises LLC is auditing the Department of Transportation. SB & Co. LLC is auditing the Department of Recreation and Parks. And city auditors, who report to Comptroller Joan Pratt, are auditing the mayor's Department of Finance.

Pratt's Department of Audits typically conducts 10 to 20 audits a year. While an audit is performed each year of the city's overall budget, more exhaustive audits of individual agencies have been far rarer.

Baltimore council members, frustrated that some departments hadn't undergone agency-wide performance and financial audits in decades, took the issue to the voters in 2012. Voters approved a charter amendment requiring that 13 key agencies be audited every four years.

Audits of the city's police and public works departments also are underway. Under the charter amendment, all of the audits must be completed by the end of the mayor's term in December 2016.

Baltimore Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger contributed to this article.

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