The Fur Starts to Fly on County Water Bond Issue

Bay County Commissioner George Gainer is asking for an apology from a local businessman.

Gainer says Paul Simms owes the entire county commission an apology for accusing them of loosing the county thousands of dollars.

Paul Simms, in an interview with NewsChannel Seven earlier this week, says commissioners choose an unqualified financial institution to handle the sale of county water bonds last year. He says that choice cost the county $190,000.

Commissioners voted against a special appointed committee's recommendation for Bank of America to handle the sale, instead opting for the small Alabama-based financial institution Merchant Capital.

Simms says the county commissioners should pay for their mistake. This has County Commissioner George Gainer furious.

"I hope that the citizen who is casting aspersions on the board will also be responsible enough to apologize for accusing anybody of any wrong doing."

Paul Simms wants a grand jury to investigate the commission's decisions.

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