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Where does the buck stop?

October 26, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Lately the Lee County board of commissioners has requested resignations from a number of managers and administrators for their roles in the airlift ambulance situation. I don't fault them for taking such drastic steps in attempting to lay blame for the mismanagement of the situation. My concern is with the VR Laboratory situation which has cost the county taxpayers a lot of money thus far. The news media has reported serious problems with the startup business headed by the former lieutenant governor of Florida. All of the seated commissioners voted to grant VR Laboratory $5 million of taxpayer money and it now appears the business might not ever live up to its promises. Will the county commissioners who voted for and granted taxpayer money to VR Laboratories resign their elected office if VR Lab is found to have made false application or promises?

It seems to me there is the appearance of a lot of mismanagement going around with the county government and the commissioners are the ones voting for these projects to move forward. I have concerns with our county elected officials. Are they asking the right questions, are the applications for grants on the up and up, was VR held to the same scrutiny as other startup businesses? When it comes to waste of taxpayers' money, the buck stops with those who have the authority to approve the grants and they should be held to same standard as other county employees: If your actions caused our money to be wasted, you should resign your office.

George Hopgood

Cape Coral



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