Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Legislature investigating Supervisors' spending at law enforcement unions request

Finally! The legislature is going to investigate the Board of Supervisors' out-of-control spending, thanks to law enforcement unions requesting it.

The Senate Appropriations Committee chairman wants to hold a public hearing to determine if Maricopa County officials are properly appropriating money.

"We have a fiduciary responsibility to step in," said Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, noting that state government disburses money to the state's 15 counties.

Pearce's concerns were prompted by two groups of public-safety officers - the MaricopaCounty Association of Detention Officers and the Deputies Law Enforcement Association - who allege that the county is misusing $196 million in surplus funds while simultaneously making service cuts to cover a $76 million revenue shortfall.

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