Citizens committee to recommend oversight for future bond issues
Original post made on Aug 26, 2011
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on Aug 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Actually, to refute a small part of this article that stated that Mohr Elementary construction was funded from Measure B cash out refundings, that's not proven. Since the proceeds from the refundings were co-mingled with other building fund monies (as is customary in government financing), the Mohr construction could possibly and likely have been funded by other means.
The conclusion that the consulting firm came to was that there was no feasible way to know. This did not sit well with many members of the Citizen's Committee. But, ultimately, we need to look to the future and what will be policy going forward.
We need more oversight and transparency going forward with money collected from property owners through local elections. Recommendations will be made at the next school board meeting -- best practices to put in place to prevent policies that could lead to questions of impropriety in the future.
Measure A/B Cash-Out Refundings Citizens Committee
on Aug 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm
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Thank you, Beth.
on Aug 27, 2011 at 9:45 am
Beth, I don't believe the consultant said where funds were spent wasn't knowable. It was beyond the scope of work they were assigned, and it didn't necessarily serve any purpose for the committee to dig that deep. We do know a total spent per school, and there is no undoing what might not have originally agreed to by voters. I would not want the community believing there is "no feasible way to know." I do agree, however, that moving forward with best practices, including training in ethics. is the best thing for changing a previous culture of being less than forthcoming with the public.