CHICAGO — As Joplin moved into recovery mode following the devastating tornado that ripped through the southwest Missouri city a year ago, finance director Leslie Jones had the added burden of not just worrying over how best to help the struggling community but also how to manage the financial toll.

“I was very worried, yes, but you still have to take care of your citizens first,” Jones said last week as the city marked the anniversary of the category F-5 tornado that struck on May 22.

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