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Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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A Baton Rouge-based agency that will use $6 million annually in local taxpayer funds to run a new psychiatric stabilization and detox center says the public cannot view a copy of a lease agreement reached with one of its former board members.

The Bridge Center for Hope — a nonprofit funded through a 1.5-mill property tax voters approved in December 2018 — picked property owned by Collis Temple Jr., one of its board members at the time, for its new home. Temple quit the board after his building at 3455 Florida Blvd. was officially selected


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But the lack of transparency over the terms of the five-year, $1.1 million, taxpayer-funded lease agreement troubled several East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members. East Baton Rouge ParishDistrict Attorney Hillar Moore III, who sits on the Bridge Center’s board, said “the law favors open disclosure.”


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Temple, who could not be reached for comment, purchased the property in 2006 for $581,000. Temple has failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes on the property, according to records provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
The Bridge Center is off to a great start. I think they are going to catch up to the COA in short order.


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I like how they choose to give $1.1 million in tax payer money to the property that isn’t paying its taxes and owes over $120k in taxes


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
Collis Temple? Checks out.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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Temple has failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes on the property


If my math is correct he hasn't paid taxes on this thing since he's owned it, 14 years, and the sheriff has no problem with that?

Does this work for all of us?


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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Collis Temple? Checks out.

buying one of the most expensive homes in BR doesn't just happen


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
Did you know he was the first African-American to play basketball at LSU?

Also Herman Johnson was the largest baby born in Louisiana

And Kim Mulkey’s son played baseball at LSU


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
That was a shady deal to say the least. It should have gone across the street in the BR General in a space that didn't need much renovation.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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buying one of the most expensive homes in BR doesn't just happen


CT3 bought the expensive house

His dad, CT Jr. is the one that this article is about



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They getting theirs.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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When asked to provide the lease agreement, Charlotte Claiborne, the Bridge Center’s executive director, said the contractor the agency selected to operate the facility, RI International, had reached a separate rental deal with Temple’s firm, Human Resource Group, and that the Bridge Center wasn’t privy to or in possession of the document.

“The lease agreement will not be available to the public,” Claiborne wrote in an email to The Advocate. “The lease is between RII and Human Resource Group. The Bridge Center is not on the lease; therefore, it is not part of our public records.”

A similar argument was employed in 2010 by CH2M Hill — then a contractor for the city of Central — to reject a public records request filed by Central City News Editor Woody Jenkins. The courts eventually compelled the private contractor to turn over the requested documents in 2013.



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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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CT3 bought the expensive house

His dad, CT Jr. is the one that this article is about

well frick me


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
In before Gravy saying wanting to see the lease is racist.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
Has Nakamoto heard about this? Somebody outta sound the Nak-alarm.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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When asked to provide the lease agreement, Charlotte Claiborne, the Bridge Center’s executive director, said the contractor the agency selected to operate the facility, RI International, had reached a separate rental deal with Temple’s firm, Human Resource Group, and that the Bridge Center wasn’t privy to or in possession of the document.

“The lease agreement will not be available to the public,” Claiborne wrote in an email to The Advocate. “The lease is between RII and Human Resource Group. The Bridge Center is not on the lease; therefore, it is not part of our public records.”

A similar argument was employed in 2010 by CH2M Hill — then a contractor for the city of Central — to reject a public records request filed by Central City News Editor Woody Jenkins. The courts eventually compelled the private contractor to turn over the requested documents in 2013.

this just highlights the utter insanity of using public monies to fund "private" organizations. same with the COA

i understand that this does alleviate some issues for the public (like being on the hook for state pensions, etc.) but these deals are ripe for basically funneling public monies to "the right people" and for acting as a slush fund of sorts for "not the right people but necessary at the time"


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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Has Nakamoto heard about this? Somebody outta sound the Nak-alarm.


This one is too easy, all they need is to put a junior reporter on this one.


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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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buying one of the most expensive homes in BR doesn't just happen

I think that was CT III that was on that most expensive home sales.


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It’s beyond time to rein in the non profits.
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re: Taxpayer-funded Bridge Center for Hope: Public can't see lease with former board member
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Collis Temple Jr.


He was given a personal tax bailout with taxpayer funds under cloak of darkness. Never change, BR
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