Many questioned why the annual audits did not indicate a problem. The finance committee explained that cash paid and never recorded would not show up. Barre should a large amount of unpaid taxes, but most towns do not collect all taxes owed especially in tough financial times. Earlier, when the town
had a “cash flow” problem, it switched to quarterly tax bills as did many other towns.
In December 2011, Barre selectmen contracted with an outside accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit. At the June 25, 2012 annual town meeting, the chair of the board of selectmen announced that the forensic audit had been turned over to the District Attorney and State Police. Last week, the District Attorney announced the indictment by a grand jury. The people of Barre have waited over two years for answers and will continue to wait for answers, some of which may never be answered. Taxpayers need to know where over $300,000 in tax revenue went.
A quote attributed to many including Sun Tzu and Longfellow say it all, “The Wheels of Justice turn
slowly but exceedingly fine
”. Yes, they do turn slowly, but hopefully that caution increases the chance
that the truth prevails and the innocent are not punished. ***