Taxpayers outraged at Northland Regional Ambulance District Board of Directors
10:16 PM, Feb 20, 2012
10:42 PM, Feb 20, 2012
PLATTE CITY, Mo. - Taxpayers didn't hold back Monday night in Platte County. They wanted to be heard by the Northland Regional Ambulance District Board of Directors, a group they believe stole taxpayer money.
Clint Rhodes led off the public comment with fire.
"I think this is a crooked deal from the beginning and I said it the last time I was here," said Rhodes. "Now, whether you paid them off to make this deal go through, I can't prove it. I would love to prove it because if I could, I'd be on you like white on rice on a paper plate in a snow storm."
Rhodes was referring to Kevin Rawlings, the president of the board.
Tempers swelled when Rawlings sold a piece of land, located at the Camden Point exit on Interstate 29, to the board for a new ambulance station.
The land deal added up to $175,000. However, Rawlings only purchased it for $130,000. He's accused of knowingly profiting from selling it to the board. The Platte County
prosecutor charged Rawlings with ‘misuse of official information.'
Taxpayers believe he knew the land would be ideal for a new ambulance station, so he bought it in advance to make some money.
Rawlings could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison if convicted.
Board members were criticized for not having the land appraised before signing on the dotted line.
On Monday, the board chose to suspend development at the new site, pending resolution of the legal matter.
Every board member voted in favor to suspend development.
NRAD workers were notably absent from the conversation Monday night. They sat silently at the back of the room.