At a Christina School District Tax Hike Referendum Town Hall on 3/16/2016, we raised the question, “How much are district taxpayers paying to consultants?”
No clear answer was given since specific numbers were not available at the meeting, but the presenter assured us that the category of “consultant” was very broad and widely used by the state as a category.
The Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee and the district CFO committed to providing a list of the consultants paid by the district, the amounts they were paid, and the service or product they provided for the amount paid.
As of 12:00 AM EST on 3/22/2016, we had not yet received the data. But while we were waiting, we did a little exploring.
We found that consultants were paid $111,720,958.43 of Delaware taxpayer money in Fiscal Year 2015.
While Christina School District separated the consultant expenditures of their specialty school divisions from their general amount, they still had the 6th highest consultant expenditures of all state departments.
The Department of Transportation’s Capital Project division topped the list at $58,876,533. The Department of Agrculture’s “Thoroughbred Racing Commission division secured the lowest spot at an even $2.”
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