It’s come to light because a resident wanted answers on the money collected by the City to pay for the CSO bond. That the City over collected money from the taxpayers. The City will have over three million dollars after the bonds are paid off. Troy Brown insisted that the Mayor give him an answer and the Mayor got an opinion from a lawyer on the subject. Read that opinion in full. Now comes the question who knew what and when? Is there a state agency that follows how much money is going into this account? Was there ever anything sent by the state instructing the administration to lower the rate that the City was collecting from us?
When five years ago council members brought this to the Mayors attention did he being a CPA crunch the numbers? If he didn’t at least take a look at them why not? Was this opinion the first communication that Mayor has had with any lawyer about this subject? Is this bond looked at every year? If it is where are the reports for the bond? Who gets the report if there is a report? Did the council have access to the numbers? I would think so if some of them questioned the amount being collected as too much? Where are those reports? If there isn’t a state agency overseeing these accounts (our city isn’t the only one collecting for bonds.) Why not? If a law was violated what’s the punishment for the violation? Who gets punished? If the Mayor knew and kept collecting anyway what happens to him if anything?
What CSO bond reports do council members get? Have they ever asked for a legal opinion about the CSO bond? Have they approved charges for any opinion from a lawyer in the past about this bond? I think it’s time that our City Council take a very hard look at this. They have unlimited access to all documentation in the City according to our City Charter. If the reports/emails and or opinions from lawyers are not forthcoming from the administration. Take the administration to court on behalf of the residents that were overcharged.
Folks, there is a problem here and I think there are some very important questions we as residents should be asking. All the information I’m talking about is public information and should be willing given to whoever want’s to ask for it. No, I do not think that any resident should have to pay a dime for the information. We’ve already paid way to much if this was an honest mistake then information, should be willing given to whoever might ask for it. Full access Full transparency by this administration is required.