Thursday, August 7, 2008

COAST stops illegal County spending on Film Commission

More than one year after the initiation of a suit to stop the illegal expenditure of $75,000 in funds to the Film Commission, the Hamilton County Commissioners have settled the case with an agreement to revoke the wasteful allocation, and limitations on spending the convention center tax surplus going forward. Additionally, the Commission and other defendants agreed to pay $30,000 in legal fees and expenses for COASTers Mark Miller and Tom Brinkman, Jr. who brought the action.

“Once again, COAST’s legal team has succeeded in exposing and stopping wasteful and illegal spending by the democrats on the County Commission,” said COAST Chairman Jason Gloyd. “The vigilance of our lawyers has not only saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for the taxpayers, our team strikes fear in the hearts of bureaucrats and elected officials resulting in better public policy.”

Read next month in the September COAST news about how one County Commissioner used the Film Commission grant to reward a particularly cozy crony of his.

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