Dominic Mancuso Editorial: Year of waste

Dominic Mancuso Editorial: Year of waste

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's been an expensive year for the city of Cleveland. Millions in taxpayers' hard-earned dollars tossed right out the window – and we seem to be the only ones who care. Our investigative team uncovered wasted spending in public transportation, education, the justice system and two Cleveland city departments.

Let's review…

Cleveland Metropolitan School District misspent more than $1 million over a teacher scheduling conflict that was overlooked – money that could have been saved, had the district not dragged their feet in correcting the problem.

Then there's Cleveland's Department of Waste Collection, where we exposed that employees are raking in overtime on days when they are running personal errands – where is the oversight?

Don't forget about former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Angela Stokes, who continues to fight to get her law license back after the disciplinary counsel of the Ohio Supreme Court took it away. Her legal bill through October is more than $950,000, which Clevelanders continue to pay.

And finally, we've uncovered a "police slow down" in the Cleveland Division of Police. Fewer traffic tickets being written for various reasons, that's costing the city of Cleveland nearly $2 million. Hard-earned cash thrown right out the window – what a waste.

I'm Dominic Mancuso and, unfortunately, that's how we see it.

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