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Above, 4300 N.W. 36th Street, ak.a. Lauderdale Lakes City Hall -where the 'funny business' happened that's left taxpayers holding the bag.
Chaz Stevens provides a most useful and meaty primer for Broward County mayor John Rodstrom -and you, the curious reader- to be brought up to speed on the latest news re the City of Lauderdale Lakes' financial sleight-of-hand, which has left their own taxpayers the losers -once again- as concerned people throughout Broward County wonder what its future might be if they can't pay their bills, dissolution?
Before you read Chaz's primer, though, consider yet again the devastating words of John W. Scott, the head of the Broward County Office of Investigator General, from his late March report on what he and his team found at Lauderdale Lakes City Hall:
We note that while audits and inquiries of the City’s finances have been conducted by other agencies, they were limited to narrow areas of concern, so that the extent and gravity of gross mismanagement has otherwise not been depicted. In short, the untenable missteps by the City administration catalogued in this report serve as a primer for how not to manage taxpayer monies, a state of affairs which simply cannot be repeated by either the City or any other Broward municipality.
An open letter to Mayor John Rodstrom
By Chaz Stevens
Published: April 14, 2012
Chaz's previous posts on this rather amazing, headache-inducing mess, and how it all came to be that over a long time, many city officials in this central Broward town simply stopped doing the one thing that all elected officials are expected to do once elected: provide a means to hold others accountable to the citizens of the community.
(Something we have lots of experience with here in Hallandale Beach.
The NOT holding others accountable part!)
In fact, they didn't do it for so long, while they were simultaneously being lied to, that transparency as a concept seems to have largely vanished from their vocabulary:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Lauderdale Lakes report: The Highlights
7:54 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
Excerpts from the Broward Inspector General's reports about Lauderdale Lakes:
Inspector Gen.: Lauderdale Lakes Grossly Mismanaged Taxpayer Money