Messenger: The lawsuit asks the fire district a simple question, where does the money go? | news

Messenger: The lawsuit asks the fire district a simple question, where does the money go? | news

“The district’s practice of ‘internal disposition’ of surplus property appears to have also resulted in the sale of other equipment to district insiders, including automobiles, computers, iPads, and commercial grade generators, but the plaintiff has not been able to identify the cost of the original equipment, to whom the equipment was sold, the condition of the equipment at the time of sale, —or whether the sales were made at fair market value, due to the failure or refusal of the district to produce the requested records,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit notes that the district has a high turnover of vehicles, in which older models are sold to employees, but Sunshine Law requests didn’t produce the records from those alleged sales, including the sale of a “state-of-the-art” ambulance that was, apparently, sold to Howell.

Highlights

  • For the Guytons, the issue is simple. If the Robertson fire district can defend its out-of-whack spending that is causing budget problems for the city of Hazelwood, and high property taxes for its residents, it ought to be able to show residents the paperwork that explains the spending.