THIS IS A COMPLAINT THAT THE ETHICS COMMISSION IN TALLAHASSEE WILL HEAR ON JUNE 7TH, 2019 THAT IS AGAINST MAYOR BOB CAMPBELL

 

On October 14th, 2015, here in Defuniak Springs the City Manager was Sara Bowers and the Finance Director was Joe Brown. On that date the City of Defuniak Springs received a certified letter from Kathryn DuBose, Coordinator for the Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. The letter stated that the required financial reports for the Fiscal year of 2013 and 2014 had not been submitted and the city was three and a half months past the final deadline. The letter warned that failure to respond could result in “having state revenues withheld from your municipality.” The Letter was addressed to Mayor Campbell and signed for by Cecilia Alford. Mayor Campbell did not inform the City Council of the letter or its contents. Three weeks later  on November 9th, Mayor Campbell received a forwarded copy of a letter sent to Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Marshall Stranberg, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. The letter stated that any money not legally pledged for bond service debt would be withheld from the city of Defuniak Springs due to its failure to submit the required financial reports for Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014. The letter was signed by Ms. DuBose and a copy was sent to Mayor Campbell. Mayor Campbell did not inform the City Council of the letter or its contents. On the same day, Ms. Dubose sent a letter directly to Mayor Campbell, signed for by Cecilia Alford, in which Ms. DuBose outlined the details of the planned withholding of funds described in her letter to the state. A copy of this letter was also enclosed and addressed to Sara Bowers and intended for the City Council. Neither Mayor Campbell nor Ms. Bowers informed the Council of the letter or its contents. Two months later, on January 20, 2016, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee sent an email which contained copies of the certified letters sent to the city regarding the state having withheld $89,687 in half-cent sales tax revenue from the city. The email was sent to Mayor Campbell and Ms. Bowers. Neither Mayor Campbell nor Ms. Bowers informed the Council of the email or its contents. On January 28, 2016, Mayor Campbell, Ms. Bowers, and Cindy Permenter received an email from Debbie White, a CPA analyst with the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. Ms. White stated that an additional $74,581 had been withheld from the city. None of the recipients informed the council of the email or its contents. About 10 days later, Mayor Campbell, Ms. Bowers, and Ms. Permenter received another email from Ms. DuBose stating that some but not all of the required documentation had been received. The email urged the city to get the required reports to the state by February 15th or face losing more money. Mayor Campbell, Ms. Bowers, and Ms Permenter did not inform the council of the email or its contents. On February 9, 2016 Mayor Campbell received a copy of a letter sent by Ms. DuBose to CFO Atwater and DOR Director Stranberg informing them that the State Auditing Committee had finally received the required reports from DeFuniak Springs regarding its 2013-2014 annual financial report and audit. No further funds would be withheld. Mayor Campbell did not inform the Council of the letter or its contents.

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