EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release from Frank Miles.
Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler has again attacked Frank Miles using half-truths and political bullying.
On his personal Facebook page, Prenzler has alleged that Miles has recently taken a taxpayer-paid vacation to California. This type of political bullying must be addressed and the record set straight.
In 2008, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the levees protecting Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties insufficient to protect the region against the flooding of the Mississippi River. Unless action was taken by leaders of these counties, residents would face significant flooding and astronomical flood insurance premiums. Decertification of the levees by FEMA was a death certificate for development in flood-prone areas, which include acres of fertile farm ground, thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses.
In 2008, Frank Miles, then administrator of Planning and Zoning for Madison County, traveled to California to meet with the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies. Miles, along with Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, met with FEMA officials and the leadership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address the decertification of Metro East levees and determinations of flood risk for area residents.
Miles attended this conference in his official capacity as administrator of Planning and Zoning for Madison County. As this conference was a meeting of federal agencies and organizations, Miles had no choice of where the conference was located. For Miles, the trip to California was not a family vacation but a necessary trip to meet with officials about the future stability of the Metro East levees and the larger economy of Madison County.
The rehabilitation of the levees in Madison County was priority one for Madison County and Frank Miles. Information from this conference was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the program, which established a revenue stream to improve the levee system protecting southwestern Illinois.
Prenzler, acting in official capacity as Madison County treasurer, has publicized this trip as a luxury family vacation and has questioned this expense of taxpayer dollars. He, however, has used taxpayer dollars to pay staff members to review thousands of credit card receipts and expenses from the past 10 years that have already been approved by the County Board, the county auditor and subsequent audits of county funds. The audit of credit card receipts and expenses is not the duty of the treasurer.
Furthermore, Prenzler’s continued half-truth attacks on Frank Miles and other county officials must be called out for what they are — political bullying, twisting facts and spreading lies.