Broward Inspector General finalizes report on Hallandale Beach’s use of funds

After more than year of investigating Hallandale Beach, the Broward Office of the Inspector General released a final report Thursday saying city officials grossly mismanaged Community Redevelopment Agency funds.

Last month, the inspector general’s office released its preliminary report saying that between 2007 and 2012, the CRA made more than $2.1 million in questionable purchases, including $125,000 in inappropriate loans and about $416,000 in improper use of bonds.

The city responded to the report by challenging the inspector general’s authority over the CRA and saying there were “factual inaccuracies” in the report.

The final report, which does recognize recent efforts to remedy the problem, includes the city’s 10-page response written by City Manager Renee C. Miller.

Among the findings:

• The city did not establish a CRA trust fund until May 2012.

• The city didn’t operate the CRA as its own legal entity.

• The CRA spent $1,474,739 million in payments to non-profit entities for social programs and $152,494 to organizations and individuals for civic promotions such as festivals and fireworks displays, both of which are not proper uses for the funds, according to the report.