|Published:||Oct 24, 2012 10:25 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 25, 2012 12:18 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fl. - It's your money and WINK News is adding up what taxpayers will spend to get rid of the Lee County Manager.
Karen Hawes is leaving in the wake of improper billing and accreditation problems with the Medstar helicopter program.
And WINK News has learned the county could pay upwards of $255,000 to have her walk.
County Commissioner Ray Judah says, there's no reason to take a second look at Karen Hawes's separation agreement or to question its dollar amount.
"It's consistent with the conditions of the contract that we hired Karen Hawes under back in 2009 it pertains to the one year's severance which equates to $170,000 for her salary, it includes the health care medical benefits and then also the deferred compensation. The total is about $255,000 dollars," Commissioner Judah says.
Of that 255,000 dollars, Commissioner Judah says the deferred compensation makes up about $22,500. That's money Hawes was able to set aside from each paycheck and invest while she worked for the county.
Hawes will get the payout all at once.
"...that she was due but the Board decided to give to her at the beginning of 2013 versus over the course of the year on a monthly basis," Commissioner Judah adds.
Commissioner Judah says, if Commissioner Hall pushes to revisit the decision, that could mean trouble.
"If there's any change in the direction or the position of a majority of the members of the board, all we're doing is inviting a lawsuit which could cost the taxpayers a whole lot more," he adds.
An agreement that already isn't sitting well with some county residents.
"I think it was unnecessary, I think that if they have shown that there was incompetence, that they shouldn't have had to pay anything," says Frank Balogh.
Commissioner Tammy Hall said she wanted to re-examine Hawes's severance package.
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