BY BUDDY NEVINS
An opinion by School Board Attorney Ed Marko could end up costing the Broward taxpayers many millions.
Here is another problem with the school’s chief lawyer:
Marko opines that a contract with builders does not allow the school system auditors to get documents needed to fully audit 14 cafeteria projects. Auditors want the documents because they believe the system overpaid as much as $47 million, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
And who drew up the contract that is tying the school system auditor’s hands?
Marko and his cadre of lawyers, according to documents obtained by Browardbeat.com.
So just to spell it out again:
(1) Marko’s office helped draw up a contract used to award tens of millions of dollars in construction contracts.
(2) That same contract doesn’t allow auditors to see if we got our money’s worth.
A Sorry Spectacle
It gets worse.
Lawyers are paid to argue for their clients.
When the law is in their favor, they pound the law. When the law isn’t in their clients favor, they pound the table.
But they always take their clients side.
We saw the sorry spectacle last week of Marko arguing against the interest of his clients the Broward schools and taxpayers.
Marko interpreted the contract with cafeteria builders in a way that hurts the schools.
Marko interpreted it to favor the very folks who are accused of overbilling his clients, the Broward schools.
Marko Offers To Help…In The Future
In a May 6th memo, Marko wrote, “Our office would be glad to work with you in drafting a revised Right to Audit Provision for inclusion in subsequent contracts.
Gee, think they can get it right this time? How much will this cost the taxpayer?
This comes on the heels of a report that the school system is owed $2.6 million, but Marko has only managed to collect $160,000 of it.
This would be laughable if it wasn’t my money, and yours, Marko is wasting.
This is the great legal genius?
How many more millions will Mr. Marko cost us?
How many millions has Mr. Marko cost us in the past?
School Board members Bob Parks and Maureen Dinnen want to keep Marko on the payroll? They want his contract extended until the end of next year, although he promised to retire very, very soon.
This mess is just one more example that something stinks in the Broward schools.
Here is a test for taxpayers:
Marko, Parks and Dinnen are….
(a) Three Dolts.
(b) Three Fools.
(c) Three that should lose their public jobs sooner rather than later.
(d) All of the above.