Taxpayers deserve answers

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: January 24 2014 | 3:14 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:37 am in
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Wow! “Improper disbursements” of $770,000 (6th Judicial District Corrections). That sounds like political correctness talk for “we don’t know what happened to that money and even if we find out where it went, we’re not going to tell you.”

Well, I’m too old to be politically correct and worry about offending someone and guess what? I’m offended that $770,000 of our taxpayer dollars have been dismissed as “improper disbursements.” What’s wrong with that picture? I will venture to guess that no one will be held accountable, there will never be any kind of restitution and there will never be any charges of any kind filed against anyone.

And here’s the real kicker. The district director wanted another $800,000 to keep the district afloat through the end of the fiscal year. Sweet! An additional $800,000 to chalk up to “improper disbursements.”

I believe Zach Johnson’s foundation is involved with “Children of Promise” (one of the programs mentioned in the news report) and wonder if he might have questions and would like answers about where those “improper disbursements” went.

Now the corrections non-profit is considering whether to cut programs and may discontinue others in the future. Sounds to me as if the kids this outfit is supposed to help are the ones who are going to suffer. What a world we live in today.

Cheryl Corey

Marion

 

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