CONGRESSMAN GENE TAYLOR
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FOURTH DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
2269 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Fax (202) 225-7074
For Immediate Release Contact: Ana Maria Rosato
August 25, 2009 (202) 253-1308
U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss) Congratulates Harrison County
School District for Leadership in Reigning in Government Spending
While Getting Job Done
(Gulfport, Miss.) – A recent audit by the FEMA inspector General disclosed that the Harrison County School District saved taxpayers $4.1 million. The school district had been awarded $20.9 million in Hazard Mitigation Grants to build the new D’Iberville and West Harrison High Schools to the highest standards to function as shelters. The school district was able to contract for and complete the work for $16.8 million.
“Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the FEMA audit did not thank the school district for saving $4.1 million in taxpayer funds.” stated Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss). Instead, FEMA criticized the state for not reprogramming the million funds to other projects right away.
“At a time when we need to reign in government spending to live within our means, the Harrison County School District is leading the country in demonstrating how to get the job done with a 20% savings in projected costs.” Taylor continued. “I want to personally commend Superintendent Henry Arledge and all the officials and staff at the Harrison County School District who worked on these projects. I want them to know that their effective stewardship of these federal grants is greatly appreciated.”
DA-09-20 – Harrison County School District, MS (PDF, 5 pages)