Tampa, Florida-The Hillsborough County Children's Board which has been on the 10 News Investigators radar for more than three years, may be getting what some are calling a long-over-due look under the Hillsborough County Commissioners microscope.
Probably not a fun place to find yourself.
Commissioner Les Miller says there are problems at the agency, and called for an audit of the Children's Board where the average salary is $66,000 a year.
10 percent of the staff makes more than $100,000 a year and the Executive Director, Dr. Luanne Panececk, makes $171,000.
"In the scheme of things it might look like a lot of money but it's not a lot of money compared to corporate and businesses." said Dr. Panececk back in 2009 when we started asking questions about the agency.
She called the high salaries "absolutely necessary" adding "there are horrible times and it's exactly times like this when I want to keep the best and the brightest at the Children's Board helping as many people as possible."
"If we are becoming too dependent on high priced staff, we need to be sensitive to that," said Commissioner Mark Sharpe three years ago when he was on the board of directors overseeing the agency.
That was then, but this is now.
Wednesday he felt the same way applauding the call for an audit. "The board was created without a lot of oversight, except the board of directors, which sometimes tends be supportive of the organization," said Sharpe.
A spokesman for the Children's Board tells us the agency, "will respect and abide by the commission's decision.'"
The call for the audit comes on the heels of a Tampa Bay Times editorial saying the Children's Board needed outside oversight.
The editorial said in part "...it is an entity that is collecting its own taxes, and it seems no one is having accountability."
Commissioner Les Miller asked the county attorney last week if the commission could even audit the board. "Someone has to be the watchful eye of the Children's Board to make sure every 'I' is dotted and 't' is crossed."
Turns out they can't.
The board was created as an independent taxing district by voters, so the commission has to request the state do it instead.
Meanwhile, Dr. Panacek who is set to retire in a year, will receive a $534,000 payout from the Florida Retirement System and will receive more than $106,000 dollars a year from the taxpayers for the rest of her life.