This is now the third article in a series that was never intended to be more than an editorial to be soon forgotten. The first article was titled “What have you done for me lately?” And, the article was highly critical of Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon who is also our Economic Development Manager.
The second article was titled “Did County Administrator Len Sossamon Mislead Commissioners?” This article makes mention of eight employees Sossamon claims Transformation Aviation Services (TAS) had created and the ‘public records request’ we made afterwards to verify the claims. At the time of that writing, we had been given no proof the employees existed.
When we made the public records request for the employee verification, we originally asked for a copy of an RT6 or UCT6 which business owners in Florida know as the official employee reporting forms for the state. The county’s Public Information Manager, Virginia Singer, responded in an email four days after making the request, “At this time I do not have a document responsive to your public records request.” In other words, there was no document that Sossamon was basing his claim of eight employees on. In that same email, Singer assured us they were working on it.
On April 27th, we received a copy of a letter dated April 25th from the owner of TAS, David Tidwell, which seems to suggest that they currently employ 10 people including himself. But, the letter is worded oddly. Read it for yourself. (See copy of letter below)
Nowhere in the letter does it state that TAS has 10 employees, or 8 employees, or any specific number of employees. In fact, the letter appears somewhat vague on the issue of employees. They do talk about positions created within the company. Just remember, job titles aren’t employees. When I was working at WWJB I had two job titles. One, News Director. Two, On-Air Radio Host.
The letter lists 12 positions the company has created. The letter shows 9 of those positions filled. What it doesn’t say is that those positions are filled by individual employees. In other words, an employee could be filling more than one position just like I did at WWJB.
Without a RT6, UCT6, or possibly a 941 federal form, there is no way to know how many actual employees TAS employs. And, we won’t know until July when TAS is required under the contract to submit an official certification statement and the Clerk of the Court, Don Barbee, confirms the accounting.
Until then, we’re just guessing. What do you think?
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