$7,000 missing from county tax rolls in Spafford

— Stevens said he felt he needed to make the residents aware of the possibility, though there currently is no lawsuit regarding this matter against the town.

While the position of tax collector is traditionally an elected position, resident Mary Bean questioned changing it to an appointed position in an effort to get someone in the position with the knowledge and know-how to do the job accurately.

“This is a very polite warning to us,” Fesko said.

Hanlon said he feels the town should hold Adams accountable for the funds owed to the county as well as the cost to hire the forensic auditor.

“I would like to see her held accountable for all expenses, as is only fair,” Hanlon said. “I like transparency. … She could have come forward and made her case.”

Hanlon said that since the tax collector is a public official, residents should be privy to information regarding the position and likewise the official “should be available to the public at any time.”

According to Stevens, if the missing funds can be reconciled, the town will be “pretty well off.” In the meantime, the board will continue working on a resolution of the matter.

Stevens said this is the first time since the town was incorporated that something of this nature has occurred.

The tax collector position has been advertised since Adams’ resignation, and an appointment will be made, to fill the vacancy before taxes are due starting in January.

There is ample interest in the job and the board has received three resumes since opening the position.

Adams could not be reached for comment.

Miranda Pennock is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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