An Open Government and Full Disclosure

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By RICO is more than a name on Monday, February 03, 2003 - 10:03 am:

A simple question. Since the Town Council's little secret that they neglected to pay their employee's withheld state taxes over to the state for a 4 year period got out of the bag, and everybody now knows about it, wouldn't it have been prudent to issue a little press release informing everybody that the taxes have now been paid and how much was paid towards the taxes, interest and penalties. These people still do not get it. Nobody is going to forget about this Chapter in this Councils legacy, so why not try something new - complete and open disclosure of facts that the public as the ultimate payers of these taxes and penalties are entitled to. Instead we get to read that Richard Griffin did not return a telephone call request for information. What a surprise.

By GOING BROKE IN TAX CITY on Monday, February 03, 2003 - 03:00 pm:

Everybody has just about the same things with held from their salary:
Social Security
Fed Withholding
State Withholding
How can you pay 3 of these items and forget the fourth? Shouldn't the Treasurer be reconciling all payments,on at least a monthly basis? We now know thanks to the media that the state has been paid, but no mention of where the money came from to pay the state. Where was this money hiding for 4 years? This Cabal we call a council refuses to accept any responsibility for their actions,errors,or their omissions. Did these people miss Watergate? It is not what they did or didn't do,it will be the coverup that brings them down. I think we need a new auditor also,because when the town council "kept him out of town for 4 years" he had a professional and ethical responsibility(just as Arthur Anderson did with Enron) to report all financial misconduct to the authorities. Now he sounds like a PR man for the council. What we really need is a forensic audit, to find and track where all the money has been for the last 4 years maybe longer. This may be the only way to get the truth.As to open government and full disclosure,foe getaboutit, not from these charlatans.

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