The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, January 3rd, Day 253 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
For a great many decades, White Springs, like Jasper and Jennings, has received a small share of the fuel tax revenues collected throughout Hamilton County. In the past, this amounted to a few thousand dollars a month. But this all began changing when Pilot and Love opened truck stops at the I-75 Interchange in the County. Beginning just as the Red-face Ratt came into power, the LOFT fuel tax revenues rose dramatically. Not being one to lose an opportunity, the Ratt and his “Out of Towner” Lapdog “Just keep paying me” Tebow began by obfuscating all of the data concerning funds which were pouring into White Springs. By Statute, the LOFT funds must be placed in a special Roads and Streets Transportation account and used exclusively for the construction, repair and operation of roads, streets, related drainage systems and a few similar items. LOFT funds are not for “General Revenue” accounts. However, the Ratt reasoned, if no one knew about the funds, he could use them in any way he wanted.
Early along, the Ratt and Lapdsog conceived of an elaborate scheme to commingle all LOFT funds in the General Revenue account and disperse them from there. During the first two years, the Ratt and Lapdog orchestrated the spending of over $500,000 of LOFT funds on various frivolous items and activities including the embezzlement of over $150,000. Despite the Ratt and the Lapdog’s best efforts to obfuscate and hide everything related to the LOFT funds, data began to leak out. When Council Member Miller asked questions, the Ratt demanded the forfeiture of her seat, which he accomplished with his “Gang”. When Council Member McKenzie raised similar issues at the February Council Meeting, the Ratt assumed his fifth “Gang” member would defeat McKenzie at the ballot box. White Springs voters thought otherwise. The Ratt actually lost one of his Gang’s seats. As more and more data concerning the LOFT revenues and their reckless waste, misuse and theft became available, residents began asking why this was happening. And then Word of the Ratt’s and the Lapdog’s deeds reached Tallahassee and officials took an interest.
It began in the Department of Transportation, Investigative Services Division. After a preliminary investigation it was realized that sufficient evidence existed to conclude that LOFT funds had been expended in violation of Florida Statutes and would require the repayment by White Springs of more than $750,000 from the first two and the current year. DOT consulted with the Attorney General’s office. As a result, investigators and forensic accountants in the Department of Revenue and the Inspector General’s Office were assigned to the case. In addition investigators are examining statements and opinions rendered by both the Town’s auditor, the Ratt’s “Cousin” Ken and the Town’s attorney, the Ratt’s “Cousin” Karen. If as it appears the opinions and advice they provided are contrary to State Statute, their licenses could be revoked. Oh yeah, the bad part if the $750,000 needs to be repaid, it’s on your shoulders. Basically $750,000 with 20 Go Bond interest will mean about $1,250,000 in costs to White Springs, or about $3,500 to each and every household.
The Ratt, his “Gang” and the Lapdog just keep piling it on without regard for how you’ll pay for it. Change is in your hands at the ballot box or you can keep paying in increased fees, taxes, assessments, etc. Support candidates who care about you and White Springs who are competent, honest and who will work hard for you. And help eliminate crime in Town hall. Call the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.