January 20, 2013 12:00 AM

How to avoid a swirl of controvery: Transparency

Imagine authorizing a business agent to acquire a modest bungalow on St. Simons Island. Nothing major, just a little domicile for weekend getaways and vacations. Now imagine that your business agent instead has gotten you on the hook for a 10,000-square-foot villa and a far deeper financial commitment than you had expected. You might be a little dismayed. You might also be a member of the Bibb County school board or, especially, a Bibb County taxpayer.

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