Dear Editor:

This is an Op-Ed to The PL Wave ran on November 21 that covered the Calhoun County Port Authority’s (CCPA) financial audit. Financial audits are necessary in giving an organization a reasonable assurance and a snapshot to prove that its financial books are in order, accurate, and whole. The audit tells a story of how the CCPA Financial Department entered the values for the monies which came in and out of this tax entity. For example, the audit verified items on the ledger to look for any differences in the monies that were logged-in to have been received and expenditures to have been paid by the CCPA. I applaud the great work of the CCPA Financial Department’s bookkeeping in receiving the “clean or unqualified opinion!” I assure you that this achievement was not done by the CCPA Board. The CCPA Board and taxpayers can rest assure that we are receiving monies owed to the CCPA and paying monies owed by the CCPA. The audit will not tell you that monies should not be being spent in South America on unnecessary trips by our CCPA board members and director. Nor will the audit tell you that an undeserving ex-congressman (who left his district high and dry with no congressional representation after one of the biggest hurricanes in history to hit the Texas coast) is receiving taxpayer funds at a rate of $160,000/year. The Board Chairman of CCPA Mr. Randy Boyd, per write-ups in the PL Wave and the Victoria Advocate, believes that by doing away with the tax levied dollars (in the tune of twenty thousand dollars) taxpayers will have nothing the say about how the CCPA conducts business in the cover of darkness. Mr. Boyd may or may not be completely aware that ALL MONIES that come in and go out of the CCPA belong the people of Calhoun County. Mr. Boyd asked the auditor Van Manning an unfair question, “Do you see any reason for the port to need that $20,000?” I don’t believe Van Manning lives in Calhoun County. So, he doesn’t have a horse in this race.

To wrap-up my point here, the Calhoun County taxpayers have a 2018 net profit from the CCPA for $1,924,227 and we would like to see it spent more wisely while being transparent. Two noteworthy items: First, the Open Meetings Act violation lawsuit is still in the courts waiting on the Court of Appeals to deny the Port’s claim that Judge Bobby Bell should have dismissed the case. A violation of this act is a criminal offense. Secondly, the conflict of interest by the Board Chairman Mr. Boyd will be transcribed in an Op-Ed “sometime down the line.”

Sincerely, CC Taxpayer, Luis De La Garza