State auditor Phil Bryant was the guest speaker for Monday's meeting of the Meridian Rotary Club.
Bryant told members his office has had success at reducing "wasteful spending of tax dollars" by elected officials.
"They need to understand that there are some waste in government. We need to take a look at every opportunity to make government more effective before we go back in and take more tax dollars away from them," Bryant said.
Bryant's office has successfully recovered over $6 million that was found to be misappropriated during the last several years.