Tuesday, January 23, 2018
JACKSON COUNTY NICKEL & DIMED TO DEATH: LEGISLATURE CUTTING EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE PURSE STRINGS AFTER MORE THAN 1000 EXPENDITURES NEAR LIMIT!!!
The courthouse money-fight persists and this evening we wanted to highlight a perfectly legal bit of maneuvering that might still evoke ire from voters.
Remember that our blog community talked about complaints over how taxpayer funds are diverted to keep Exec Frank White's team afloat.
Here's a glimpse at the scale of this operation . . .
A denizen of our blog community is astonished and simply notes: 1,100 instances of $9,999 or less?!
Here's a not-so-fun fact that shouldn't have been buried in a recent report:
Legislators moved a step closer to approving an ordinance requiring that any spending for legal, contractual or professional services be signed off on by the legislative auditor, who reports to the Legislature.
Currently, expenditures of $10,000 require legislative approval, but the auditor has found 1,100 instances in 2017 of spending of $9,999 or less, and they say the office of County Executive Frank White Jr. has at times broken five-figure expenditures for one thing into several separate acts of spending in order to get around the $10,000 threshold. Those smaller expenditures have to be posted at some point, but legislators for months have expressed frustration about how difficult it’s been to track exactly where county money is going. They created a reserve fund for transactions to flow through – opposed by White – in order to more easily track spending,
Developing . . .