Fort Lauderdale fiasco: Auditor shines light on how concert costs ballooned to $500k

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Fort Lauderdale fiasco: Auditor shines light on how concert costs ballooned to $500k

FORT LAUDERDALE — It was a high-priced summer concert that drew a chill crowd of R&B fans to Fort Lauderdale’s Mills Pond Park.

The $500,000 event — four hours of star-studded entertainment for around 5,000 to 10,000 locals — also served up a sharp warning on how City Hall can blow a budget.

City Auditor Patrick Reilly, the man in charge of shining a light on fraud, waste and abuse at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, has uncovered a slew of problems with this year’s Summer Jamz concert. For starters, it cost well over its $152,400 budget. Taxpayers are picking up the tab.

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