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Independent audit is necessary

07/19/2007

To the Editor:
 
The following letter was sent to the Waitsfield Select Board.
 
To the Waitsfield Select Board:
 
Thank you for questioning Board of Listers chair John Riley and Contract Assessor Spencer Potter during your July 9 meeting. Charlie Hosford was right to ask them directly about the $200,000-plus "mistake" they have admitted making, on the record.

However, their answer, "Uhm, we don't know how it happened," was less than encouraging. The next logical question (and one the Select Board should have asked) is: How many other such mistakes were made? If Mr. Riley and Mr. Potter really don't know how a $200,000-plus mistake was made (a frightening possibility), it seems unlikely that they would know how many other mistakes were made. Nor, most likely, would they be anxious to conduct research which could reveal other mistakes.

Which brings me back to my original suggestion, that an independent audit is necessary and appropriate. I would urge you to discuss this matter seriously as an agenda item at your next meeting.

Jim Tabor

Waitsfield

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