The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Wednesday, January 30th, Day 280 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Discussions and rumors are running rampant throughout Town Hall behind the “Out of Towner” Lapdog “Just keep Paying me” Tebow’s back. According to Deep Throat, apparently a great percentages of these discussions and rmors are focused on who and how the Red-face Ratt, the “Gang of Three” members Mindless “Splain it to me” Vice Mayor Tanja and the illegal alien Suck-up “Mini-Me Despot” Mayor Lofty and the Lapdog plan to blame for their years of misdeeds with LOFT revenues.
For instance, they could blame the residents of White Springs just because they live in White Springs. That probably wouldn’t fly with State and Federal investigators.
A likely candidate for blame would be “Cousin” Pam because she’s the Town Financial Director and she’s supposed to know better, but doesn’t. That might work, but the Lapdog is in charge of “Cousin” Pam and should have known. Besides, when the $750,000 needs to be repaid that would leave the Ratt, Lapdog and “Gang of Three” still holding the bag.
Then there’s “Cousin” Ken who has been responsible for the Town’s audits for several years and has provided shoddy work and faulty opinions. That’s a real possibility and his insurance may cover the $750,000 of illicit expenditures that will need to be recovered.
Then again, there’s “Cousin” Karen, who has been the Town’s attorney and provided less than competent legal and ethical support through much of this mess. She also should have insurance that might cover much of the illicit expenditures. While several of these candidates merit potential blame, it seems that much of the attention of the Ratt and Lapdog have focused on an alternate entity.
From what the “Watch” has been able to learn, it appears the Ratt and the Lapdog are zeroing in on how they can assign blame to the County, its Commissioners, Coordinator and Attorney. Their reasoning is that the LOFT revenues and their proper expenditure were the responsibility of the County, as indicated in 2018 Florida Statute, Title XXVI – Public Transportation, Chapter 336 – County Road System. Specifically, Section 336.022 – County transportation trust fund; controls and administrative remedies, states “(1) Each county shall establish and maintain a transportation trust fund for all transportation-related revenues and expenditures. All funds received by a county for transportation shall be deposited into this fund. No expenditures other than transportation expenditures authorized by law shall be made from such fund. Each county shall use a uniform accounts classification system approved by the Chief Financial Officer”
Further, Section 336.025 – County transportation system; levy of local option fuel tax on motor fuel and diesel fuel, states, paragraph (1)(b)2 – The county may, prior to levy of the tax, establish by interlocal agreement with – municipalities located therein – a distribution formula for dividing the entire proceeds of the tax among county government and all eligible municipalities within the county.
Apparently, the Ratt and Lapdog reasoned, in spite of language to the contrary, the wording of the White Springs – Hamilton County Interlocal Agreement wasn’t clear that LOFT funds couldn’t be used as slush funds. It appears the Ratt and Lapdog didn’t read Section 336.025 – County transportation system; levy of local option fuel tax on motor fuel and diesel fuel, paragraph (1)(a)2 which states “County and municipal governments shall utilize moneys received pursuant to this paragraph only for transportation expenditures” In any event, they want to lay the repayment of the $750,000 on the County. When the Interlocal Agreement comes up for renewal, the County would be wise to require a Transportation Trust Account and “Transportation Plan” with monthly or quarterly reviews/ approvals oof planned and undertaken expenditures by White Springs.