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CALABASH—Debate has ensued about the town’s finances and how they’re being handled.
At a special called meeting Nov. 29, town commissioner Daria Buccilli claimed $35,000 is “out of balance” in town accounts.
Town clerk Kelley Southward said some information hasn’t been entered into the system, which is being done now by town staff.
Buccilli cited problems with payroll, taxes and a BB&T charge card.
Southward said those issues were before she was authorized to direct financial entries and corrections, noting her normal job is not the accounting department.
Buccilli said town commissioners should have been made aware accounting was in “such disarray.”
Southward said the town board’s financial and personnel officers are trying to meet with people.
Town commissioner Jody Nance said this is a new issue.
“You are living in the past,” he told Buccilli. “We as a board, as a whole, are progressing and moving forward.”
He said the town is working to resolve software issues and hire someone to assist. One of the objectives of the meeting was to direct the town administrator to contact a certified public accountant to oversee accounting practices, review town books, and balance or reconcile financial accounts at the end of the month for the next six months going forward.
Nance said a town employee—the town’s former, longtime tax collector, Carolyn Silvers—chose to quit on her own accord.
“We decided to move forward,” he said. “Transition takes time.”
He cited “innuendo” about the situation.
“At the proper time when everything is in place, it will be properly addressed with the board,” Nance said.
Fellow town commissioner Emily DiStasio, who has served as finance officer, said in October she asked for a CPA to come in. She said payroll was late one time because of software.
“But everybody got paid on Friday, which is payday,” she said.
Buccilli responded, “When Carolyn was here, she had no problem with software.”
Nance said Silvers is a “moot issue” and they need to move forward.
“Replaying is no use to any of us,” he said.
He said they should stick with the agenda, which is to hire a CPA. That measure was approved 4-1, with Buccilli casting a “nay” vote.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.