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Ethics Rules To Apply To Nonprofit Groups

Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010

In the wake of a scandal involving the Tampa, Florida, zoo, the mayor is proposing new ethics rules that would apply to nonprofit groups.

If adopted, the  guidelines would require all nonprofit groups receiving funding from the city to limit financial dealings with certain senior level staff, require the adoption of conflict of interest policies, and establish rules prohibiting nepotism. The proposal also includes protection for whistleblowers.

A significant provision would require the groups to make their financial statements available to the city, including information on how much board members are paid.

John Bell, of the Tampa Theatre, says "We understand the need for transparency, to safeguard the taxpayers." His organization is located on city property and receives approximately $200,000 per year from the city.

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