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May 2, 2014

SVTA administrator paid $82K above salary

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An audit by the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General revealed Suwannee Valley Transit Authority’s administrator was reportedly paid $82,609.92 last year in addition to her normal salary, according to FDOT Inspector General Robert Clift. The additional compensation given to SVTA Administrator Gwendolyn Pra more than doubled her annual salary.

The Director of Operations, William H. “Bill” Steele, received an additional $36,395.46 in extra payout in 2013, according to Clift.

Clift told the Democrat this information was received from their W2s.

“We haven't yet made a direct correlation between the data on leave liability logs and the payment received as documented by the W-2,” said Clift.

Clift added the purpose of their ongoing audit is to review the “supportability of expenditures made with funds provided by the state.” 

Gwendolyn Pra

According to information from the FDOT, Pra reported extra payout, a sum of $108,878.38, over the span of three years. 

Pra began her career at SVTA on Aug. 15, 2011, and was hired with a salary of $70,000 annually. The documents state Pra reported an income of $37,941.75 for 2011 with no extra payout.

In 2012, Pra reportedly received a salary of $70,000. She also received $400 in bonuses and $26,268.46 in extra payout, a total income of $96,668.46.

In 2013, Pra reportedly received a raise which increased her salary to $78,748.80. Pra reported $82,609.92 in extra payout, a total of $161,358.72.

William Steele

Steele was hired by Pra on Dec. 20, 2011, with an annual salary of $61,104. That year, Steele reported an earning of $460.80 on his W2. 

In 2012, Steele reportedly made $61,104 and $400 in bonuses. The documents stated Steele received $3,696.66 in extra payout, a total of $65,200.66.

Reports state that in 2013, Steele received a raise to bump his salary to $71,427.20. He reported $36,395.46 in extra payout, a total of $107,822.66. 

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