Why don't Hammond councilmen want festival facts?

2014-06-18T00:00:00Z Why don't Hammond councilmen want festival facts?By Jeffrey Crook nwitimes.com
June 18, 2014 12:00 am  • 

In regard to Hammond Councilman Homero "Chico" Hinojosa's request for financial data for the Festival of the Lakes: It is well known that the festival costs taxpayers a boatload of money.

In the past, the administration could not account for a large portion of parking receipt money and/or other fees collected at the fest. Why did these funds vanish? The mayor has "misspoke," or was less than truthful, with regard to the amount of money lost or otherwise missing after past festivals.

Certain council members, who never question anything done by the mayor, have refused to assist Hinojosa in his quest for factual accounting of funds related to the festival. Why?

Why don't these council members want to know this information if they truly work for the taxpayers in district they are to represent? Are they not merely rubber stamps for an administration that has failed numerous state audits in the past?

- Jeffrey Crook, Hammond

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