Sarno wants independent audit of 2 city golf courses

Veterans, Franconia searched by IRS agents last week

franconia golf course sign
Franconia Golf Course on Dwight Road in Springfield. WWLP file image

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno wants an outside auditor to review two city-owned golf courses, which were searched by federal agents last week.

The agents of the Internal Revenue Service were at Veterans and Franconia Golf Courses in Springfield, as well as the East Longmeadow home of course professional Kevin Kennedy, Jr. The IRS is not commenting at this time on what exactly they were looking for, but City Solicitor Ed Pikula told 22News last week that the city will cooperate in any way investigators request.

Mayor Domenic Sarno released a statement Thursday saying:

“As a continued follow-up to our ongoing internal review, I have directed City Solicitor Ed Pikula, Chief Administrative and Financial Office TJ Plante, and Internal Auditor Yong No to obatin the services of an outside auditor to conduct a complete independent review of our golf courses’ operations in order to ensure complete transparency and accountability to the public.”

22News discovered that the city of Springfield has paid more than $1 million to Kennedy’s company, Kennedy Golf Management, over the past five years.

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