In a brutal rebuke to the City of Great Falls, and to Commissioner Bill Bronson in particular, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suspended funding related to the City’s CDBG program. In a letter addressed to the City (originally published by The Electric), HUD declared the following with respect to Bronson:
“Carol Bronson’s relationship to Bill Bronson and her position with NeighborWorks Great Falls creates a conflict of interest, because of the exposure to “inside information” and potential for financial benefit for herself and the organization.”
loathsome “naysayers” who had the audacity to ask questions citizens have crowed that Bronson should step aside from these matters, and not participate in Commission business that awarded money to NWGF, where his wife, Carol, is employed.
Each time, Bronson would shoot back at his critics in defiant fashion and vote to approve funding for NWGF. Why not just recuse yourself?
Now that HUD has heard the “case,” it turns out that Bronson, always “the smartest guy in the room,” probably should have listened to his hoi polloi constituents.
NWGF was slated to receive $82,903 “for the construction of high school homes with Great Falls High and C.M. Russell High School,” according to The Electric. But no, Bronson just had to participate, didn’t he?
Now, NeighborWorks Great Falls will get nothing.
And that’s not the half of it.