Members of the School Board of Manatee County and the Citizens’ Financial Advisory Committee are still in a tug-of-war over how much financial oversight should be afforded to the new committee.
Board members voted June 26 to strike down the committee’s request for broader oversight of district finances.
After previously voting to roll back the committee’s oversight, board member John Colon made a motion to accept the request, and Chairman Scott Hopes seconded the proposal. The motion failed with a 2-3 vote.
“Limiting what we promised the voters so soon after we got the referendum money, it’s bad optics,” Colon said before the vote. “It looks terrible.”
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Further discussion could take place at the board’s workshop on July 24.
On Jan. 23, board members voted to give the committee oversight of referendum funds and “other duties assigned by a majority vote of the school board.”
The board voted unanimously on Feb. 13 to give the group broader oversight, including “other areas of financial concern brought forward by a committee member, a member of the public, the superintendent or school board members.”