City leaders call for investigations, answers into missing bus money
BATON ROUGE - A closer look into the Capital Area Transit System reveals neglect of an ongoing problem. The fareboxes some blame for three-and-a-half years worth of lost money were bought and put to use seven years ago.
According to CATS administrators, the software hasn't been updated since then.
News 2 attempted to talk with CATS CEO Bob Mirabito about the more than $100,000 no one can even say ever existed. But he declined saying he would not address the media until the ongoing investigations into the system are over.
"I'm very disappointed to see what's been going on," Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado said. "Everyday it seems like there is something new with CATS."
The unanswered questions are why Delgado wanted the metro council to start its own investigation into the system.
"What we're asking the council to do is to create a committee to look at the purchases and procurement practices going on at CATS," he said.
But because his discussion was put on the council's agenda late Wednesday, he needed agreement from the entire council. Councilman Buddy Amoroso rejected discussing the issue.
Amoroso believes the issue needs addressing now, but there are enough investigations into CATS already.
"We have to do it in a right and prudent manner," Amoroso said. "We're having to talk with the parish attorney's office. We're talking to the DA's office. So we want to be sure that we don't do anything that would hamper their investigation."