Audit finds problems in Hampton, lawmakers want city abolished

HAMPTON, Fla. -- A report by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee found more than two dozen things that aren't running correctly in Hampton.

Hampton is a small city of about 500 people in Bradford County, just south of Starke. Jim Mitzel has lived there for decades and was even the Mayor for two terms.

"It just breaks my heart, I hate seeing that happen to our town," he said.

The audit points to 31 problems with the way the city is run. Among them, alleged misuse of credit cards, city property, and bad bookkeeping.

Now, area lawmakers including Representative Charles Van Zant and Senator Rob Bradley, want to push a bill that would abolish the city.

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"It's not redeemable," said Senator Bradley.

That has people like Mitzel very worried.

"Hampton was the county seat and for us to be abolished and not even a city, that's a cryin' shame," he said.

Not everyone agrees. Others we spoke with say a move from city government to Bradford County managing the city could lead to lower bills and less alleged mismanagement.

First Coast News tried to reach the Acting Mayor Myrtice McCullough and was unable to. In the audit, there are several pages from McCullough outlining what city leaders have changed, and plan to change to help get the city back on the right track.

You can read the audit by paging through the Scribd document below

Audit on the City of Hampton


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