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Opposing the hostile takeover of Liberty Apple Valley
For Immediate Release
Recently uncovered Flint Journal articles show Town Finance Head Marc Puckett’s failed tenure in Flint, MI, contributed to financial disaster and ultimately poisoned water
September 13th, 2016 — Apple Valley, CA — The Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, a citizen’s watchdog group, has released a report detailing alarming information about a key player at Apple Valley Town Hall, that casts a shadow on planned Town actions and raises questions of credibility for the Town government.
Flint Journal articles published between 1999 and 2000 showed that Apple Valley Assistant Town Manager for Finance Marc Puckett resigned from his position as Director of Finance for the City of Flint, MI, after it was shown that he had failed to transfer money to the city’s pension fund for two years, costing Flint taxpayers $1.1 million dollars. A subsequent independent audit of Puckett’s Finance Department showed widespread mismanagement and a lack of transparency which ultimately cost taxpayers.
Puckett’s behavior in Flint shows a frightening pattern that is evident today in how he handles Apple Valley residents’ tax dollars. He demonstrates an utter lack of transparency, and crafts budgets that we have routinely called a ‘shell game’ for the way they obscure spending, said Diana J. Carloni, an Apple Valley resident and local attorney.
Puckett’s actions in Flint in the 1990’s, which were covered up for years, have a direct link to the #FlintWaterCrisis. Puckett’s previous employer, Flint Mayor Woodrow Stanley, was recalled two years after Puckett’s resignation, largely because of the financial mess his administration had left the City in. The same year as Stanley’s recall, the Michigan State Government appointed an Emergency Manager for Flint, which ultimately led to a switch to the Flint River as a water source, lead-filled pipes, and ultimately the #FlintWaterCrisis.
It was actually under Puckett’s tenure as Finance Director that Flint water bills from its city-owned water utility soared, with some residents experiencing a ten-fold increase. A quote from Flint resident Colette Timlick stated that
the city has a monopoly. You can’t go anywhere else. You’re stuck, and that’s what angers people.
Puckett went on to serve as Finance Director of the City of Costa Mesa for ten years, before being put on leave, and mysteriously resigning soon after.
With this new information, we demand answers, stated Katie Manning, a member of the watchdog group’s leadership committee.
Did the Town Council know of his history, and how can we trust what Puckett is putting out there if he has been so elusive about his past history.
This news should certainly put a damper on the Town of Apple Valley’s assurances that they can handle taking over the privately owned water company, and their newly announced plans to become the Town’s electrical provider.
You can find more information, and download the report, at AppleValleyCitizens.org
Contact: Diana J. Carloni