transparency to the tax payers is gone. When questions are asked at the meetings, there are never any
answers given, in fact, most of the time people are told “That's enough” or “Do we have any other
questions”. The current acting supervisor and the current town board seem to avoid answering
questions. Is this from ignorance or personal agenda's?
On March 15th, 2017, Temporary Supervisor Cynthia Hyde (appointed by the current board) , Cynthia stated at the town meeting that the payment of claims would be done differently. Instead of reading the bills out loud and the board members “rushing” through them, the board members or a board member will now come in and go through the bills thoroughly in plenty of time to ask questions if they need to. Then the amounts will be approved at the meeting. She also stated that the abstracts would be posted on the town web page the next day so the taxpayers would be able to view them.
There are a few things that just don't seem right here. The first thing being, the board members have
always gone to the town hall to review the bills. Every board member had the chance to go and review
every bill at their leisure before the board meeting. Most board members did this each month, others
chose not too. Mr. Mike Eddy would not enter the town supervisors office in the past and at the
meeting refuse to sign the bills. One noticeable difference, when the bills are not being read at the meetings, mistakes are being made, coding errors/ paying bills twice, these used to be picked up when being read each month. Audited abstracts are also not ready after the meetings now as well.
The next thing that is of concern, the abstracts are not posted on the town web page the next day or
even two days later sometimes not for weeks. It takes numerous emails from numerous residents asking
for them to be posted before they are. How is this transparency?
The change to the payment of claims was not even included in the minutes of that meeting, you will find this documented below along with an audio of Cynthia Hyde stating the change.
It would appear that this “new practice” seems to be nothing more than an attempt at avoiding
transparency and accountability by the new board and acting supervisor. They do not answer questions
of the taxpayers and they are not doing the job that they were elected or appointed to do.