Cypress Creek EMS will not tell you the names of the people on the ambulance payroll paid with taxpayer money.

The paramedics are certified, wear uniforms with name tags, so ask yourself. What’s the big deal?

Here’s another reason why the names are vitally important. At another contentious meeting of ESD #11 this week, commissioner Kevin Brost continued to demand accountability. Brost says ESD #11 taxpayers pay every month for 11,520 man hours for the ambulance crews. Brost says ambulance records show Cypress Creek is shorting the taxpayers 720 hours. Cypress creek denies it.

Ok. The best way to satisfy taxpayers is to show them the records detailing the names and time sheets of the paramedics.

What’s the big deal?

That is why taxpayers have a right to see who they are paying and when they are working.

On April 29th CCEMS will have to explain to a Judge why they ignored a criminal subpoena for the records.

ESD# 11 Commissioners this week paid a $50,000 bill to lawyers who dealt with complying with federal grand jury subpoenas, part of a widening criminal investigation by the FBI and IRS.

Widening, because a new round of subpoenas makes it clear the Feds are now questioning just not CCEMS influence on past elections, but at least one of CCEMS biggest contracts. Insurance may foot part of the $50,000 bill, but just part. And it is just one month.

The latest news release from CCEMS attacks the three candidates in the ESD who promise tighter scrutiny of the way CCEMS spends tax money, even bringing up a 21-year old family dispute involving one candidate to remind them he has a misdemeanor criminal record. Taxpayers deserve better.

CCEMS is a 501(c)(3) charity. In case Mr. Uhl hasn’t read Federal law lately, here it is. He thinks you just can’t endorse a candidate. He is wrong.

“A charity is prohibited of directly, or indirectly intervening in the campaign for an elected office.”

Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service is already part of the ESD fraud investigation so adding that to the list of tax issues shouldn’t be hard.

CCEMS has a contract with ESD #11 taxpayers to provide a service. The fact that they are blatantly trying to influence the election of the safety commissioners responsible for policing their contract is just plain wrong.

No one has ever suggested that ESD #11 should replace Cypress Creek as a contractor, but in the last few weeks Cypress Creek PR guy Norm Uhl has scared senior citizens by saying their choice in this election could jeopardize the quality of their medical care. Shame on him.

Now he jeopardizes the charities tax exempt status with personal political attacks on the only three candidates who have vowed tougher scrutiny of Cypress Creek EMS.

The legal bills mount.

Just to keep a secret.

What’s in a name? You got to wonder who is on the payroll that they don’t want you to see…