CHAPTER 485

FORMERLY

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 4

DIRECTING THE AUDITOR OF ACCOUNTS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE TO CONDUCT AN IMMEDIATE AUDIT OP THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS BY AND THE CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS OF THE DELAWARE ADMINISTRATION FOR REGIONAL TRANSIT.

WHEREAS, the General Assembly appropriated $2,320,300 in the present fiscal year to fund operations of the Delaware Administration for Regional Transit, hereinafter referred to as DART; and

WHEREAS, DART has requested appropriations amounting to $2,663,100 for operations in the fiscal year which begins July 1, 1983; and

WHEREAS, funds appropriated for DART operations have been largely "without strings"; and

WHEREAS, recent publicity concerning DART contracts has caused concern for members of the General Assembly at a time when State finances balance on the razor's edge between surplus and deficit; and

WHEREAS, the award of DART contracts to officials of government or friends of the agency charged with overseeing DART operations are of serious concern to the taxpaying citizens of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Delaware have a right to expect the wise and prudent expenditure of public funds and have every right to expect a full and detailed explanation when the use of such funds is questioned; and

WHEREAS, the public welfare demands that DART funds be used wisely so that the costs of public transportation can be stabilized or reduced:

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 132nd General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Governor concurring therein, that the Auditor of Accounts of the State of Delaware is hereby directed to conduct a full and complete audit of all expenditures, contractual arrangements, and financial dealings of the Delaware Administration for Regional Transit covering the period from July 1, 1980, through the effective date of this Senate Joint Resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy of this Senate Joint Resolution be forwarded to the Auditor of Accounts immediately upon its adoption and the affixing of the Governor's signature thereto.

Approved May 24, 1983.