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Gaines Town Board says its looking into deficiencies noted in audits

Posted 13 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

(This letter is addressed to Town of Gaines residents.)

We have been asked by many constituents about numerous deficiencies disclosed in recent audits performed for the town. We have taken appropriate steps to address them.

Some areas of concern were identified within the Town Clerk’s Department outside of our direct control. The Town Clerk is independently elected and is responsible for her own department.

The issues of concern are as follows:

Overstated Mileage Reimbursement
Unauthorized pay increase
Unauthorized cell phone allowance
Unauthorized holiday payment to a deputy
Using town laptop for personal use
Record keeping deficiencies
Not Providing Hunting/Fishing License
Inappropriate discussions to the public regarding town business

The Town Board takes the public trust seriously. Though limited in our authority over the other elected officials, we will continue to act to the fullest extent possible to rectify these deficiencies and keep our government honest.

Respectfully,

Gaines Town Board