Sloppy Transit Tax Audit Raises More Red Flags

By Tom Rask, Tampa Bay Guardian It was after 3 P.M. in County Center on a hot Friday in September. The previous evening at 6:15 P.M., Hillsborough County Chief Financial Administrator Bonnie Wise had requested that “errors” be corrected in the Transit Tax performance audit report delivered by the auditing firm McConnell & …

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Greed Over Need: Tampa Bay Times Pitches a Temper Tantrum

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay Times needs an intervention. The Times has reported more than 40 Hillsborough County schools desperately need new air conditioners. They recently published this article about the A/C issue, hot classrooms, and mold in schools. When Plant High School opened …

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OPPAGA Counsel, Like Sgt. Schultz, Knows Nothing

By Jim Bleyer As far as we can determine, Hogan’s Heroes character Sgt. Schultz did not hold a law degree nor was he entrusted with protecting the public purse. But Janet Tashner, the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability’s General Counsel, apparently needs those qualifications for the …

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Audit Required for Special Interest Transit Referendum

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay Hillsborough County’s All for Transportation sales tax hike referendum is subject to a performance audit that must be completed and available to the voting public by September 6. If it makes the ballot and passes, the one percent increase would make Hillsborough County, …

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