Monday, March 05, 2007

Lying is not OK

A new audit makes official what top city Department of Public Works officials already have said out loud: they weren't entirely honest about everything they knew about the costs of reconstructing and extending Canal St.

The comptroller's office recommended that several steps be taken to prevent some of the budget boo-boos that occurred during the Canal Street project from occurring again.

Procedures and safeguards will help guard against error, but deliberate deception, whether by omission or commission, is not an error. DPW personnel made a conscious decision to not tell other city officials and the public that Canal Street would cost a lot more than the $20 million that was budgeted.

What happened to the people who participated in this deception? Were there consequences? More importantly, what assurances do Milwaukee residents have that this won't happen again?

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