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Samuel Collins III

I agree.

Norman Pappous

What's stunning here is that there was no annual cost/benefit analysis to hold the recipient of tax dollars to any standard. I've yet to see any entity in Galveston county implement a fiscally responsible economic development program.

Charlotte O'rourke

Citizens deserve answers and transparent government but it isn’t anymore likely to happen in Hitchcock than anywhere else.

Government hires external auditors whose job appears to be to say “yep” .... Looks good to me, but we don’t guarantee any internal controls because that is not our job to audit that area. Please pay promptly because I plugged in the numbers you provided so rehire me next year at mandatory audit time.

Of course the defense budget is an entirely different, extraordinary experience of non accountability.

Wayne D Holt

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Wayne D Holt

A shining example of how far we have fallen in transparent and above board governmental oversight. There are any number of actors here who knew or should have known something was rotten in Hitchcock. How egregious does the misappropriation have to be before someone in a position of responsibility wakes up and corrects the problem?

On the surface at least, it does not appear credible that this sleight of hand could be maintained accidentally for so long. When investigators get to the bottom of things, let's hope there is more than corporate fines and restitution--or governmental immunity--for this. Someone sure looks like they made a decision to play fast and loose with the truth, and now 8,000 residents are the victims.

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