The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is in hot water with the state because they hid $3.6 million from the general fund.
According to the Associated Press, the money was collected by Cal Fire in the form of settlements from lawsuits against property owners who had liability from fires. The money should have been deposited into the general fund.
The practice began in 2005 while Gov. Terminator was in the office. The Department of Finance discovered this cache of funds while auditing all the state’s departments hoping to find more treasure such as was found in the coffers of Parks and Recreation.
I am having a hard time getting outraged by this piece of creative bookkeeping. Call it the Libra curse that makes me see both side of every question, but since there is never enough money for the fire departments, I can’t condemn them for tucking some away for a rainy day...