SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers say they want state park officials to answer questions about how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported to finance officials even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee took testimony on the matter Wednesday and appeared poised to order an independent audit of the department.
Revelations of the hidden money surfaced this summer after The Sacramento Bee reported that some park administrators had taken unauthorized cash-outs of vacation time worth more than $271,000.
The hidden parks money prompted a review of 560 state special funds by the governor's finance department.
A bipartisan group of 13 lawmakers requested the parks audit, saying it was necessary to restore public trust. The review is expected to take seven months.
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