Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:35 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 6:37 PM
A recent audit of the town of Melville alleges that the former clerk was not doing her job.
"It really reached its peak in September," Melville Mayor Willie Haynes said.
The mayor says a big part of that was due to personal issues at home. The audit says that the former clerk was failing to make timely payments to vendors for the city, wasn't depositing payments from town residents to the bank and also wasn't sending our tax payment notices.
"We had people in town tell us they still hadn't received their canceled check from the bank. That was one of the first indications we had a problem," Haynes said.
The delay in payments to vendors and banks forced the city to pay late fees and also saw some interest rates to be raised. The former clerk resigned and a new one has since been appointed. Mayor Haynes doesn't foresee future litigation or problems with the city.
"Our auditors are currently investigating if their are any discrepencies and if any are found we will then take the necessary steps"