READING, Pa. - The FBI returned to Reading City Hall again on Tuesday. Mayor Wally Scott called agents to further investigate so-called "buddy system" deals he said could have been made by the city's previous administration.
"It's like every day we turn over something new," said Scott, "and we need help. I can tell you we have a lot to give them that we don't understand, and a common person wouldn't sign contracts like these."
Scott said former Mayor Vaughn Spencer's administration made a lengthy deal with a Chester County-based towing company. He said another deal was made involving the city's sewage treatment plant, where he said $35 million was spent. He said he thinks there's something wrong there.
"Our job is, number one, to be transparent, number two, to be accountable to the people we represent, and number three, try to get some of this money back," Scott said.
69 News reached out to that towing company. Officials had no comment. Scott said he wonders if these lengthy deals were made because of friendships between the companies and the prior administration.
"Why would you sign 25-year contracts and another 25 on top of it," said Scott. "Why would you have a towing contract with a company that's in another county and we have towing companies that are here could take it."
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