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Alleged Misappropriation of City Funds

A San Angelo Council member has alerted several state government agencies alleging a misappropriation of funds by the city in a tri-cities water project established two years ago.
A San Angelo Council member has alerted several state government agencies alleging a misappropriation of funds by the city in a Tri-Cities water project established two years ago.

In 2011 Council gave approval for San Angelo to join an agreement with Abilene and Midland to research long-term water solutions for West Texas. Council had one stipulation for San Angelo's investment, a $100,000 cap on spending. Since then, precinct six Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer, has discovered that spending has almost doubled the limit now at $185,000.

"You know I want to use the words no foul no harm, but there is harm when you misuse the publics money," Farmer said.

For the last seven months, Council Member Charlotte Farmer has been investigating what she says is a misuse in public funds pertaining to the joint long-term water supply project.

"In the motion, in the approval, and in the conversation it was always up to. Not to exceed $100,000," Farmer said.

Farmer attempted on multiple occasions to review those documents, but she says she was denied access.

"I ask for it in his office on one occasion three separate times, and I was told by the City Manager, 'I am not prepared to give you that information.'

Current City Manager, Daniel Valenzuela , says otherwise.

"If you want to review information you can come into City Hall. That information we provide it to you, you just can't leave with that information because there's confidential information within the documents."

Farmer says she is concerned because the city has spent more than twice on the project than what was approved by council in March of 2011.

"It seems that my bringing attention of others, the new council that either didn't know how to handle it or they didn't know how to reveal the public. I can't be a part of that."

San Angelo Mayor, Dwain Morrison, has questions as well.

"I wanted to know why it happened, because we did authorize $100,000 and have spent more than that. How did it it happen? It should not have happened," Morrison said.

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