More pieces to the Curious puzzle

One response from The County on the Draft A-23 Agenda Item:

” The agenda item was originally put on the November 4th BOCC agenda.  It was discovered that, due to a clerical error, the notice in the newspaper did not run on time.  As a result, on October 25th I asked that the item be removed from the November 4th BOCC meeting agenda.  The item will be placed on the agenda for the December 1st BOCC meeting.  I apologize if this has caused any confusion.”
Mary Helen Farris, Managing Attorney
Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office

Thanks Mary Hellen but,you did not include the who, what, when, where and why the “clerical error” occurred in the publication of the notice. Surely someone will be following up with you for those details, if for no other reason to ensure that future County business is not similarly delayed. At a minimum, taxpayers should not pay the $545.70 Tampa Tribune Confirmation invoice for this ad shown in the Back-Up documents, even as it appears they are pretty sure that the Notice Ad did publish on 10/20/10. 

Also, if this $250,000,000 Housing Finance Authority item is going onto the December 01, 2010 BOCC meeting agenda, will that also be placed on the Consent (no comment) Agenda? When and where will the Public Hearing take place?

Your emailed answer does not however touch on the bigger questions regarding Item A-23: 

Why was a Public Hearing for the Housing Finance Authority scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 4, 2010 at about the same time that this same item would have been considered by the BOCC as a Consent Agenda Item? 

Why does the A-23 Agenda Item Cover Sheet show the electronic Sign-Off Approvals of yourself and Renee Lee and Eric Johnson dated 10/20/2010, where it was noted that “A public hearing was properly held on November 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., in the County Attorney’s Office, …no one attended the hearing.” 

The final question, more properly for the new and returning Commissioners; is it proper and necessary for Hillsborough County to be issuing up to $250,000,000 tax-free bonds at this time?

 The Housing Finance Authority was created back in the 80’s to deal with a housing shortage. Does that sill exist in Hillsborough County?

From another source, it appears that the “bundling attorneys” receive 1% of the transaction as a fee. On that $250,000,000 the fee comes to $2,500,000. Do taxpayers receive any fees? ANYTHING?

The Industrial Development Authority operates the same way…hires an outside lawyer to do the processing.  Hillsborough has no less than 33 CATEGORIES of bond-issuing authorities. Seems to me we could do that in-house and get the fees…or save the fees.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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