Hillsborough County Commissioner Candidate, Margaret Iuculano, Expresses Outrage Over Children's Board Spending and Lack of Leadership from the Board of Directors

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More than twenty years ago, the citizens of Hillsborough County agreed to invest a portion of their tax dollars to help children realize their dreams.

A recent investigative report by the Tampa Bay Times has highlighted problems with how the agency handled at least $450,000 in no-bid contracts, and representatives from social service agencies are complaining about unfairness in the grant system. Link to article - http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/chairman-expresses-concern-frustration-over-ceo-at-hillsborough-childrens/1227098

Margaret Iuculano, a Candidate for the [Tampa] Hillsborough County Commission's District 6 seat, shared continuing concerns with her constituents about the issues with the Children's Board and inaction by the Board of Directors. She takes aim at her community activist opponent, Kevin Beckner, who sits on the Board of Directors and touts himself as a fiscal conservative who keeps a watchful eye on spending throughout the community.

Iuculano sent a strongly worded message in an email sent to her constituents, "Picking and choosing how tax payer dollars are spent has been an issue for quite some time with this organization. As a Non-Profit owner myself - it is only right to allow all agencies to go through a fair bidding process. Kevin Beckner, who serves on the Children's Board states he is the fiscal conservative on our Board of County Commissioners - where are those fiscally sound processes and philosophies evident in his failure to provide oversight of this board?"

The mission statement of the Children's Board reads, The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County promotes the well-being of children and families by uniting community partners, investing in innovative opportunities, and leading the county in best practices—so the whole community can realize its full potential.

They say they believe publicly-funded programs must be held to the highest standards of quality and accountability.

Iuculano is calling for a thorough investigation into the processes of the Children's Board and how they determine which agencies win contracts and states she is looking forward to reviewing the results from a scheduled upcoming audit.

Margaret is the founder of Angels for Foster Kids, Inc., a charity whose sole mission is to improve the lives of foster children. Previously, she was CEO of TechSherpas and has served on many corporate and non-profit boards. She is a tireless advocate for foster children throughout the State of Florida.

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