|Updated: 1/22/2009 9:36 pm
||Published: 1/22/2009 8:26 pm
Today, Air Assurance responded to the allegations.
“All the work that we did was authorized by a purchase order, and we never started work without a purchase order,” stated Mike Rampey, owner of Air Assurance, located in Broken Arrow.
Rampey also claimed that the company did participate in a competitive bidding process, but that out of nine companies invited to bid, only two submitted bids, and that Air Assurance was awarded the contract.
“FOX 23 has learned that the City of Broken Arrow had been using Air Assurance, as well, but as of December , the City requested bids for heating and air conditioning services,” reports FOX 23’s Kaci Christian. “Earlier this month, that contract was awarded to another company [Custom Services, Custom Heat & Air, on Lynn Lane in Broken Arrow].”
The letter sent by taxpayers constitutes a “Taxpayer Notice to the School Board of Broken Arrow Public Schools pursuant to Title 62, Sections 372-373.” This notice demands the board “institute or diligently prosecute proper proceedings at law for the recovery of any monies belonging to the school district, that were allegedly paid out pursuant to alleged unauthorized and unlawful deals, contracts of working ‘agreements’ made by any representatives thereof with Broken Arrow School District vendors, including but not limited to Air Assurance.” The complete letter is appended below.
The State Auditor’s Office confirms the Broken Arrow School Board has initiated the process of an audit. The State Auditor’s Office routinely audits counties and state agencies, but tells FOX 23 it does provide contract services for specific engagements such as this one. The BA School Board has sent a letter to the State Auditor’s Office requesting an audit, but has not yet met with anyone from the State Auditor’s Office or signed an agreement to authorize the State Auditor’s Office to conduct an audit.
A representative from the County & Special Audit division of the State Auditor’s Office will make arrangements to meet with the members of the school board to determine the extent of the proposed audit. The state agency will prepare an estimate of the cost to perform the audit. It will then present the parameters of the audit and estimated cost in an engagement letter. Presuming the school board members vote to approve the audit and sign the engagement letter, an audit can proceed.