Well apparently today after the horse left the barn, Hartford's Acting Chief Operating Officer Saundra Kee-Borges reacted and decided to ask for an opinion from her Deputy L. John Van Norden. I am quite sure the opinion will be unbiased and based in law.
At least one burning question has been answered in the request for the ethical opinion, Waller is her fiancee'. Maybe she might have wanted to ask if it was ethical to purchase rack of lamb and caviar at the taxpayers expense also.
John, questions have been raised concerning the appropriateness of my fiancée Terry Waller bidding at the most recent tax deed sale. Specifically, Terry was the successful bidder on 2 pieces of property at that sale. In one case there others who also bid before it was determined that his bid was the highest. In the other, he was the only bidder after the property was made available for sale again in round two of the auction. There were no bidders for either property in round one of the auction. An opinion by the Ethics Commission on whether it was a conflict or gave the appearance of a conflict for Terry to bid at that public auction given his relationship to me is requested. According to the tax Collector, the whole procedure was overseen and conducted by an outside entity named Taxserv. Thank you
Saundra Kee Borges
Why wasn't this asked before the bids were made. I guess that would just make too much sense. But before you say this sounds legit and are ready to giver her a pass, wait until you read tomorrow's posting and the follow-up on this.
Earlier toady, Mayor Segarra issued the following statement regarding Kee-Borges and Waller's actions:
"Tax deed sales are public auctions marketed heavily by the City to encourage community investment and to return properties to the active tax rolls when collection efforts fail. The Mayor does not monitor the public auction process, city employees are not prohibited from bidding at these auctions, and anyone can bid or outbid each other for the purchase of the property. All details about the properties are public information, and made available on-line."