The city of Encinitas walked away with the grand prize at a big awards ceremony produced Thursday night by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, but the three city leaders who deserve credit for the win were not present to accept the award.
That’s understandable: the prize was the Golden Fleece Award, which each year is presented by the SDCTA, the region’s leading taxpayer watchdog, to government programs, services or expenditures that it believes exemplify wasteful or inefficient use of taxpayer dollars.
This year, the grand prize went to the city of Encinitas, for its $10 million purchase last year of the abandoned Pacific View Elementary School site. The co-winner was the Encinitas Union School District, which sold the city the 2.8-acre parcel of land and its asbestos-riddled school building at more than twice the appraised value.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Encinitas wins Golden Fleece Award for Pacific View purchase