Your candidates and their supporters are characterizing what has happened in Port Orange government over the past ½ dozen years as MISTAKES — as in “ Sure we may have made a few mistakes, but it was really no one’s fault and the important thing is to move on “ or “ get back to where we were “ as you like to say. And when they grudgingly say “ some mistakes were made “ it sounds like they would rather be chewing glass.
Mayor, you and they have it all wrong ……. Mistakes are not what happened.
- *) When the then IT director’s resignation and the HR Doctor’s report from 2006 detailing serious problems between IT and Finance were ignored – that was not a mistake. That was an abdication of the Manager’s responsibility to properly supervise his staff.
- *) When years and years of audit recommendations addressing serious control deficiencies received little more than a wink and a nod – that was not a mistake. That was wholesale neglect to adequately safeguard taxpayer interests.
- *) When common knowledge tacitly approved that the former CSM had system wide access to water billing tables that subsequently lead to the million dollar SNAFU with Daytona Beach Shores – that was not a mistake. That was a wholesale breakdown of policy and control protocol
- *) When the union down in Utilities started asking why they were not getting their share of the time off gravy train that brought $ 250,000 payroll thefts to light – that was not a mistake.. That was payroll manipulation pure and simple.
- *) When well known problems with malfunctioning water meters were systematically kept from Council for years – that was not a mistake. That was fundamental deceit on the part of the manager.
- *) When required Council approval for a questionable grant application and subsequent grant acceptance was ignored by the Finance department – that was not a mistake. That was wanton disrespect for our political process.
- *) When Finance prepared in-accurate fuel tax returns for the past 2 years – that was not a mistake. That was a deliberate misleading of Council regarding promised enhancements were never implemented in the wake of the public works scandal from February 2012
- *) When Finance failed to reconcile City bank accounts for most of last year – that was not a mistake. That was non-feasance on the part of the Comptroller, Finance director and Manager.
- *) When Finance failed to properly record and accrue ancillary income from sources such as tow truck and bill board contracts – that was not a mistake. That was a failure to follow the most basic principle of accrual accounting.
- *) When a needed computer module is purchased and sits on the shelf un-installed for 2 years – that is not a mistake. That is apathy and incompetence.
- *) When it takes 3 or 4 months to prepare an accurate year end trial balance – that is not a mistake. That is the result of a cognizant decision to not prepare accurate monthly trial balances throughout the year.
- *) When a contract’s authorized spending cap was exceeded and the first 2 irradiations of the change order failed to acknowledge that fact – that was not a mistake. That was a deliberate effort to mislead Council.
- *) When Council allowed a life saver award winning carpet bagging Manager, Finance director and Utilities director to resign without accepting responsibility for their role in the un-authorized overspending , and tolerated the shifting of all blame to a long term dedicated overworked mid level employee based of a self serving report from an ICMA range rider – that was not a mistake. That was a cowardly and shameful action that needs to be reversed ASAP.
- *) And finally Mayor when you failed to inform Council of the payroll thefts and the Finance Director’s sweetheart retirement deal – that was not a mistake. That was a deliberate effort on your part to game the system by possessing greater inside information than your supposed co-equal Council.
So Mr. Mayor I would call on you and your supporters to recognize past happenings for what they were, And to commit to not allowing those occurrences to repeat by ensuring that competent qualified individuals are hired, AND that more than lip service is given to the commitment, for responsible accountable and transparent government in Port Orange going forward.