Another Example of Status Quo and The Voter Left Out
A blogger received the following message from Deb Denys County email. It further demonstrates how far from reality the Council and the elected ones are from the average voter. Take look at the membership of the Charter Review Committee. It is chaired by Hyatt Brown and vice-chaired by Glen Ritchy. The same old club of money people who only want their share of the pie and want it without any strings or controls. Then look at Pat Northery; the people spoke and voted her out, but these politicos on the Council have disregarded that vote and put her back where she can continue to do damage to the County. A better candidate would have been Joie Alexander, but then she is not a member of the Gang of Four and Northey was. Then the biggest backdoor of them all is reserved for Deb Denys, who sponsors Ellen Darden’s husband and Stan Escudero, who is the opposite of the voice of the people, a self-centered egotist who thinks he runs the Republican Party and does it through his surrogate Tony Ledbetter. Neither one of these two actually represents the voter but then neither does Denys. But then we have Frank Bruno, who may be able to keep this group on the right track.
So what is the most urgent message for this Charter Review committee? We need them to take a stand and stop all of the backdoor money giveaways, wasting of tax dollars, lack of transparency, ineffective official actions, nonsense budget documents, and violations of the Sunshine through meetings at the wine bar or Dinneen’s Council shopping and approve the inclusion of an Independent Inspector General position within the Volusia County Government. An Independent Inspector General, who conducts independent, competent, and compliant with accepted standards reviews of spending, county department and program operations, waste, fraud and abuse allegations, as well compliance with State and County laws and regulations. The waste of taxpayer money that plagues the transportation fund (remember we have gas taxes other counties do not), budget goals and objectives process (poorly written, non-evaluatable objectives), funding of questionable special investigations that bear no fruit and violate the Public Documents Law (by destroying investigative/deposition audio tapes) and just plain bad management practices. An example is the past and current fiascos with the SVAA; the auditing firm does not even come close to a full IG investigation report and is essentially worthless (besides they want to keep their contract). An Independent Inspector General can investigate, subpoena, and interview to get to the facts and then produce an unbiased report to the Council. While the Council can assign the IG tasks, he can assign his own and set his own agenda for the fiscal year and publish same on a public web site. For once the people would not have to navigate the barriers placed in their way to the truth by Dinneen’s co-hort Dave Byron. Indepenant Inspector Generals are found throughout Federal, State, and local governments and many have been in place for over 50 years. They continue to prove their worth by uncovering and exposing bad practices and wasted dollars and thus a valuable asset to the government, but also much more valuable to the taxpayer as they guarantee their voice is heard over the cover-ups. You only have to read the political news to see them at work countering the politicos (e.g., two currently asking why classified emails were on somebody's personal email server.)
While there is much more to the IG story, we will start with this and suggest that our readers should contact the people listed on the Denys email (READ HERE) and demand that this Indepenent Inspector General position be put on the table. We know the elected ones will be violating the Sunshine and getting to these committee members behind closed doors to avoid it at all costs. We will be presenting sample IG documents in future articles and will forward them to the Charter Review Committee. We need this IG position now to help retake control of our County from the high and the mighty (their view; not ours). And don't forget to attend the meeting at 5:30 at the NSB Library and watch the annointed ones with the money run your county.
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