Skip to comments.With lax oversight, mismanaged Oregon towns veer toward insolvency
Posted on 04/15/2012 3:56:27 PM PDT by redreno
When Tiffany Couch's phone rings, it often means trouble for another Oregon city.
Last year she was called to Oakridge, a Lane County timber town of about 3,700 people that in two years ran through $1 million in reserves. She scoured the city's books and interviewed staff in search of fraud or some explanation for the town's financial mess. Couch issued a report of her findings - error-racked budgets, sloppy bookkeeping, overspending - along with her best advice. Then she was off.
Her next client was waiting 130 miles north. Molalla.
The two small towns, Couch learned, share remarkable similarities. The mistakes piled up, the options narrowed, and the towns faced insolvency.
(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...
Why do you think every form of pension reform starts with grandfathering?
That’s the solution - get the young folks of today to pay for health care that they aren’t going to receive.
Thanks boomers. Appreciate it.
100% white there can’t blame this on minorities
80% of our county’s property taxes go to the government’s socialist-entitlement schools, yet, in this article there was no mention of schooling.
This is happening throughout the country. But the Dems don't want to confront it. They just want to raise taxes. Not going to work.
Open embezzlement by government employees is no longer as hidden as it used to be, is more the truth. Not only do they set their own salaries, but they set their own benefits, and 'match' these benefits to mythical private employers. And once a benefit is given to a public employee, it is there forever.
I'm willing to simply fire the whole lot and start anew - but if they're willing to stop embezzling a bit, maybe we can reduce some of these benefits and pensions to more reasonable sizes, including their contributions to these benefits.
“” “I didn’t think a city could get like this,” Barnes said. “Where were the state oversight agencies?” “”
More nanny state mentality from the socialist state of Oregon.
This news story is riddled with examples of elected officials not having any competence.
Its pretty simple really.
Get government and business out of the health insurance providing business.
If people want health insurance they should go buy it on their own dime just like any other insurance.
Then the health insurance companies would compete for their customers business like car insurance and all the other companies that want to sell you something.
And insurance by definition doesn’t cover preexisting conditions - if it did, no one would buy it until after they need it. That’s just a hard reality of life.
You are welcome. I got my Medicare card last year, and though have paid into it for forty years, and now pay 100 per month premium, I haven't had to use it yet.
But when I do I'll be especially glad that part of the bill will be paid by ignorant insolent jerks like you.
Ignorant? The system is insolvent. What, do you think that all the money you paid is in a lockbox saved just for you?
It’s a ponzi scheme. They already spent your money.
Tell it like it is Brother Obama!
Tiffany got a call from some organization in Dallas on Friday afternoon to be in Dallas by 8 a.m. tomorrow.
She is developing quite a national reputation as a financial fraud investigator and forensic accounting expert.
The mistakes piled up, the options narrowed, and the towns faced insolvency.
Solution: High speed rail between these towns. The revenue generated from ticket sales and new commerce would immediately give them all surpluses. /s
Oakridge if famous for funding their city via their speed trap.
Why’d ya go there? But, for the record, these “timber counties” are Federal welfare cases. The enviros destroyed them. Lots of illegals, too.
Why’d ya go there? But, for the record, these “timber counties” are Federal welfare cases. The enviros destroyed them. Lots of illegals, too.
I agree. The eco-wackos destroyed rural Oregon and how come I’m not surprised they are full of Mexicans (legal and illegal) too. Ever see the movie “Sometimes a Great Notion”? No Latinos in it....lol
"What's with the hair?"
I can tell you saw the movie and liked it. A bygone era.
“Isn’t Oregon another failing Democrat enclave, like California and Michigan?”
Yep, the tax and spend rats have been in power for close to two decades. With the eco terrorists, they have gutted the states/counties/cities economies in the name of being green.
First the eco terrorists created the spotted owl faux issue and basically destroyed the timber industry. Next, they worked to destroy ranches and farmers.
Then, the rats who vote got union jobs in the cities/counties and states with great yearly raises and incredible retirement/health benefits.
Throughout the state, they prevent businesses from coming in or staying in with their anti business rules and regulations in the name of being green.
This bs has been happening for close to 2 decades. In the 1990’s, we had thought about retiring to the Oregon coast in the SW/Brookings or Medford areas. Fortunately, my oldest son told me to subscribe to the Oregonian for a year to see what was happening to the state. It only took a few months to realize that Oregon was becoming Oregone!
Californicator land is heading down the same trail only faster and on a bigger scale with millions of free loading illegals in with the native liberal freeloaders.
That, my FRiend, was a marvelously astute summation of the scenario!!! (except you left out my old home state of rural IL)
Welp...the stimulus money is gone, so the cutting will commence. A couple of years ago, they put off the inevitable, though I know they thought the redistribution of wealth would be more successful than it has been. They wasted so much money that it’s mind boggling.
The Beaverton school district was, when we moved here, one of the top school districts in the country.
Today, they are going to start cutting it to the bone.
BTW, it doesn’t matter. It’s been considered to be a “test” high school, because of the “diversity” of cultures, so those kids have been “test” kids for at least a decade.
What a waste...
The only other area I feel as badly for is California.
God love and bless both of you.
“The stimulus money is gone, so the cutting will commence. A couple of years ago, they put off the inevitable, though I know they thought the redistribution of wealth would be more successful than it has been. They wasted so much money that its mind boggling.”
We have the same bs re the stimulus money here in Californicator land.
The city of Vallejo went into bankruptcy a couple of years ago after decades of uber liberal rule by union thugs posing as local leaders.
Vallejo closed fire stations and depended on other near by cities for fire and police protection in the evening and nights.
Then, I started reading about the miracle of Vallejo and how they had rehired cops, firemen, reopened the closed fire station and more wonders.
I told my trophy wife, sons and friends that something was wrong. Liberals never rescue a failing city/county/state re the financial disasters brought on by their reckless spending and borrowing of OPM!
Later, I found out that the predominantly rat voting city of Vallejo got stimulus money. The stimulus money enabled hem to pay for services that the City didn’t have money for. That money will be gone next year. So they are depending on the re election of their lord Obozo, Pelosi Galore, Fineswine, Reid the Red and other left wingers at the Federal level to bail them out.
It is a good bet that Vallejo isn’t by itself re using stimulus money to fund their overpaid employees, union thugs posing as workers and rich retirees with great health plans with basically no paying by the retirees.
Soon many towns will go down....thuggery only lasts so long.
The ONLY way to stop these govt thieves is to compel them to submit their financial accounts and tax returns at least once a year-----especially after they vote millions of tax dollars to subsidize cockamamie makework govt projects---(this is the way they launder tax money for themselves).
TAXPAYERS SHOULD DEMAND TO KNOW What did they list on their tax returns as "interest income"? These corrupt thieves exhibit an unmitigated contempt for taxpayers---the con artists see taxpayers as work horses to be beaten into submission to satisfy their lavish lifestyles. Govt thieves should be charged with hate crimes against taxpayers.......among their other crimes.
SAMPLE LETTER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
Taxpayers are urged to notify the FBI now.
FBI TIPS PAGE https://tips.fbi.gov
SUBJECT: Collusion, conspiracy, and bribery
IN RE: Oregon financial irregulariyies
REFERENCE: falsified documents, wire transfers, accounting fraud, etc.
NARRATIVE Taxpayers demand to know the scope and dimension of multiple conspiracies by government insiders to collude in sub rosa deals to personally profit. Putative insider dealing is seriously impairing the state's financial stability and could be prosecutable under the Hobbs Act.
OF INTEREST TO LAW ENFORCEMENT The FBI should interrogate the named individuals for evidence of schemes to falsify documents to further insider schemes. The FBI should investigate any and all official documents submitted by town governments.
Crimes might include---conspiracy. collusion, falsifying offical documents (a felony), money laundering, tax evasion, extorting taxpayers, theft of govt monies, misuse of public office and government positions.
But I thought this only happened in big cities?
As opposed to what?
” Paraphrasing St Augustine: “Without a system of justice, what is the government but a marauding band of robbers.”
Prophet & Saint!!
CHICAGO (AP) -- EXCERPT---Allegations that a finance officer for a small northern Illinois city was able to steal a staggering $30 million from government coffers to run a nationally renowned horse breeding business inspired calls Wednesday for more rigorous oversight in small communities that typically face less scrutiny.
FBI agents arrested longtime comptroller Rita Crundwell accused of using the money to fund one of the nation's leading horse breeding operations and feed a lavish lifestyle that kept her outfitted with cars and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.According to a criminal complaint, the siphoning of city funds went undetected for years until another staffer filling in as vacation relief became suspicious and discovered a secret bank account. How an enormous sum - it dwarfed the city's current annual budget of $20 million - could be stolen and escape the notice of a yearly audit left many puzzled.
Dixon, a city of about 16,000 people west of Chicago where Ronald Reagan grew up, was especially vulnerable because Crundwell, who has been comptroller since the early 1980s, had control over all of the city's finances, a common arrangement in smaller cities and towns.
Federal prosecutors say she stole $3.2 million since last fall alone and misappropriated more than $30 million since 2006.Crundwell is free on a $4,500 recognizance bond. A federal judge barred her Wednesday from selling any property while the wire fraud case proceeds and limited her travel to northern Illinois and to Wisconsin, where she has horse ranches.
Agents searching her home, office and farms in Dixon and Beloit, Wis., seized seven trucks and trailers, three pickup trucks, a $2.1 million motor home and a Ford Thunderbird convertible - all allegedly bought with illegal proceeds.
Authorities also seized the contents of two bank accounts she controlled. Between January 2007 and March of this year, she is accused of racking up more than $2.5 million on her personal American Express card - including $339,000 on jewelry - and using Dixon funds to pay back the charges. Prosecutors say she used $450,000 in stolen funds for operations at her Meri-J Ranch, where she keeps about 150 horses.
Crundwell is one of the top horse breeders in the nation. Her ranch produced 52 world champions, according to the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas, the world's largest equine breed registry and membership organization.
Dixon placed Crundwell on administrative leave without pay and named a new interim comptroller.
Trying to explain how that much money could disappear unnoticed, Mayor James Burke said Dixon has struggled financially with big infrastructure expenditures, reduced revenues and cash flow problems made worse because the state is far behind on income tax disbursements. That provided plausible reasons to think the extra hole in the budget was related to those financial problems, he said.
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“But when I do I’ll be especially glad that part of the bill will be paid by ignorant insolent jerks like you.”
hahahaha Put me on that list. I have been voting against and speaking out against almost every single thing the state has done since I turned 18 in 75. Dont put any blame on me.
I voted for two dems in my entire life and I can name them to this day. Dave Brandness for state sinawhore (longtime friend of the family) and Mike OCallahan for guv. An old school dem. And both of those votes were over 30 year ago.
The reps have not done much good but when I voted I felt as if I was doing my part to say no to all the crap. I knew at 18 that SS was a ponzi scheme. I never got a chance to vote against SS, and I never got a chance to vote against Satans greatest victory to date.......... Abortion.
Yeah, blame the boomers for SS, abortion and every other evil the liberals forced upon us
I not only hold Dems in contempt, I despise what they've done and dreadfully might do to our beloved country if they win 2012.
Notice the headline. The problem is lack of oversight and MORE govt will solve this................
But at least choose a primary provider if you haven't already. Can be hard to find one quickly in a pinch.
“Crimes might include-—conspiracy. collusion, falsifying offical documents (a felony), money laundering, tax evasion, extorting taxpayers, theft of govt monies, misuse of public office and government positions.”
Yes, ma’am! Investigating them would be the ideal.
However, we now have the Secret Service investigating themselves, and the White House investigating themselves.
And, the IRS is investigating the TEA Party.
Doncha love all of this promised transparency?
Props to you, and highlighting...
“Paraphrasing St Augustine: “Without a system of justice, what is the government but a marauding band of robbers.”
It’s a slush fund, and the HHS is key. Apparently, the Director of the HHS is not accountable as to how she will spend money.
Your link is very pertinent.
Thank you for posting it. I hope it will get it’s own thread, if it hasn’t already.
So powerful that the 'Horse People' were able to stop the extension of an Expressway (Tollway actually), and it was a much needed extension due to suburban growth(1). Plus the 'Horse People' are downright ruthless, like Wiseguys on Horses instead of in Caddy's and with Custom hand made Saddles instead of Pinky Rings.
The 'Horse People' even have their own Hitmen. A 'few' (10?) years back one tough guy and 'Horsey' scam artist Richard Baily was linked to the cold-case Murder of 'Candy Heiress' Helen Brach and of the Murder of the Schuessler - Peterson boys back in 1955! Us kids were all warned about the danger of 'strangers' then and we were watched like hawks for some time by our parents.
So this is not surprising to me. IMO anyone involved in or part of the 'Horse People Community' are suspect of some crime. Insurance Fraud is a fave of theirs. They'll whack an older or 'useless' horse of theirs for the insurance money.
(1) Go to Google or Bing maps for Lombard, IL (+/-26 miles directly West of Chicago), find I-355 (Tollway) and follow it North. It will turn into I-290 (free 'Expressway') still going North, then it abruptly ENDS at Lake-Cook Road. The 'Horse People' did this as that's where 'their territory' starts.
Thanks for the bgrnder-——interesting.
I also recall when they exposted these rich horsemen for insurance fraud——hiring lowlifes to savagely electrocute their prize horses for ins/money.
The 2012 Ohaha team are gonna use the 2008 Anita (Mao) Dunn strategy to manipulate voters, to downplay Ohaha's destructive policies ....and his scary plans for the next term. Dunn has said THEY and only THEY decided what the media should know about 2008 candidate Ohaha. The strategy is already in place---watch the Ohahas copping that "don't worry--we're harmless" attitude.
Obama's open mic slip in Russia revealed his hidden agenda. He didnt say "after the election, or after the next election. He said: This is my last election" ....... reassuring the Ruskis that he'll then have "more flexibility after the election....
Clearly Ohaha's certainty WRT staying in offce is not based on his approval ratings or massive opposition to his cockamamie polices----mandated healthcare, trillion dollar stimulus, using aborted babies' brains in lab experiments, giving himself massive executive power over Americans, co-opting religious beliefs, $4-Plus gas, 16% real unemployment, trillion dollardeficits, escalating inflation at the supermarket, the GSA spending scandal......to name a few.
No. Ohaha's certainty stems from his knowledge that he will stay in office---not by the will of the people---but by buying his reelection, using unprecedented vote fraud.
FIRST AND FOREMOST----WE MUST ATTACK THE MASSIVE
VOTER FRAUD OHAHA INTENDS TO USE TO GET REELECTED.
Remember, voter fraud is the Chi/mobs' specialty---do NOT underestimate Rahm and Axelrod (both running O's reelection), and Valerie whatsherface in the WH.
Let us not forget----the minute they hit the WH, the Chi/mob went into action: the WH Chi/mob took over the census---and now have all the CV they need to file phony FEC reports using stolen federal dollars as campaign contributions.
THIS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD Obama's ex-COS "Wall Street Rahm" "suddenly" discovered he wanted to be Chicago's mayor---the little turd went before the mics and announced his campaign "raised $10 million in just a few weeks." Rahm also controlled the US Treasury as COS. This turd-o-crat knows where all the stolen Federal money is hidden....Wall Street knows how to make money disappear faster than a cream puff at a Weight Watcher weigh-in.
Do not underestimate the cash the Ohahas/Chi-mob can come up with to fix the election......remember, these are the kingpins of Chicago politics. At one time, conscientious FEC investigators verified money was coming from legal citizens....but if Obama wins there will be no investigations. Remember, there are billions unaccounted for in Obama's stimulus packages (probably used in the last election cycle).....you can be sure the Ohaha kingpins have tons of money stashed away for 2012.
POINTS TO PONDER
<><> author Dean Koontz estimates there's about $90 billion missing from the US Treasury.
<><> Ohaha's ex-COS Chi/Mayor Rahm Emanuel is running the reelection campaign----b/c this Wall Street turd knows where all the money is hidden. Rahm also controlled all US Treasury assets (at Obama's behest) when he was COS.
<><>The Ohahas took control of the census upon taking office----they have all the necessary CV to phony up contribution reports for the FEC.
WATCH FOR PHONY FEC REPORTS The Ohaha's "say" they added $45 million to reelection coffers in February.....raised jointly by the DNC, "Obama for America" and two other joint fundraising committees the "Obama Victory Fund" and the "Swing State Victory Fund,"...and whatever other voter frauds they dream up.
They are good, aren’t they?
Having been involved in local politics over a decade ago, I was made fully cognizant of the long reach of these folks. Now they've started transporting their dope inside straw bales carried in their horse trailers.
Hey! It's only business, right???
Exact same story in California’s forest counties and the state keeps shoveling their problems on down upon us.