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Speaker: Barbara Brenner
Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Place: Season's 52 at the St. Johns Town Center, 5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person.
Barbara is the author of more than eighty books for children as well as numerous articles and books for adults on aspects of education. For more than thirty years she was an Editor at Bank Street College of Education, where she was part of a multimedia team that produced textbooks, films and computer programs for young people and where she taught graduate courses for teachers in Writing With Children.
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10:00 am to 12:00 Noon at St Augustine Beach City Hall 2200 A1A South
Speaker: Barbara Brenner
Open to the Community
(This referendum is Supported by the Jacksonville Ethics Commission, Concerned Taxpayers and League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast)
Last October (2014), the City Council voted to create the Independent Office of Inspector General (IG). The office is now up and running. This office's purpose is to save money for the taxpayers and to root out fraud and waste. If passed, this referendum gives the IG the authority to look into issues and complaints on the Independent Authorities and Constitutional Officers regarding fraud, waste or inefficiencies.
The IG and Ethics Offices are INDEPENDENT and answer directly to the people. The IG office makes sure that public funds are spent only in the public interest. They monitor contracts and make recommendations for improvement; they work with the State Attorney's Office on potential criminal wrongdoing.
The City Council has already allocated 4 positions this year to hire an IG, a contract oversight specialist, an auditor and an investigator. This is a VERY BIG WIN for the people! Typically, in local governments that have an IG office, the issues they discover and disclose to the citizens far outweighs the cost of the office. Palm Beach County's IG questioned, identified and avoided government spending in an amount over $20 million in the first 4 years of operation. Every year the IG budget will be reviewed by City Council and will be transparent to the public.
This is an office that works directly for us, the citizens of Jacksonville.
PLEASE SEE THE NEW IG'S WEBPAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE OFFICE.
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