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CromwellTaxCollector

CromwellTaxCollector

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Published by: Viktoria Sundqvist on Apr 21, 2012
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ADMINISTRATIVEINVESTIGATIONInternalemployeecomplaint
COMPLAINANT:PatriciaKratchovil,AssistantTaxCollector.ALLEGATION:ThatTaxCollectorDouglasSiennatookimproperactionontwooutstandingtaxissues..SUMMARYOn3-22-12,AssistantTaxCollectorPatriciaKratchovilmadetwocomplaintsonactionstakenbyTaxCollectorDouglasSienna.Eachcomplaintwillbeaddressedseparately.IinterviewedMs.KratchovilandMr.Sienna,bothprovidedmewithdocumentsconcerningeachcomplaint.
I
reviewedTownordinancesandStatestatutesandTownAttorneyopinions.Complaint#1:On3-21-12
Mr.
Siennasignedoffonabuidingpermitfor80ShunpikeRd.,thatwasdelinquentontaxes,inviolationofTownordinance
#213.Ordinance213prohibitstheissuance
of
abuildingpermitwhentaxes
aredelinquent.Onorabout3-8-12Mr.SiennaandFirstSelectmanTerrymetwiththeownersof80ShunpikeRd.Theownersrequestedthattheybeallowedtoobtainabuildingpermit,thattheywerepreviouslydeniedduetodelinquenttaxes,torenovatespaceforanewtenant.Theownersstatedthatthenewtenantwouldprovidetheincomeneededtopaytheirdelinquenttaxes.
Mr.
SiennafoundtherequesttobeworthwhileandcreatedaproposalfortheBoardofSelectmanandhaditreviewedbytheTownAttorney.(Seedocument"A"and"B").On3-14-12theBoardofSelectmantabledtheissue.
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On3-16-12,inanemail,theTownAttorneyadvisedMr.Siennaofordinance99-3thataddressesdenialsofbuildingpermits.(Seedocument"D").99-3includesadefinitionofdelinquenttaxesforthepurposeofdenyingabuildingpermit.TheTownAttorneyfurtheradvisedthatbasedonordinance99-3,readinconcertwithordinance213,abuildingpermitmaybeissuedfor80ShunpikeRd.(Seedocuments"E"
+
"F"),andthat
Mr.
Siennamaydosoonhisown.TheTownAttorneyreiteratedheropinioninanemailon3-22-12.(Seedocument"G")Basedontheabovestatedinformation,theissuanceofabuildingpermitto80ShunpikeRd.wasproper.
It
mustbenotedthatMr.Siennawasnotawareofordinance99-3whenhemadetheinitialproposal,howeverMr.Sienna'sintentionswerehonestandtransparent.Ms.Krotchovilwasnotawareofordinance99-3whenshemadethecomplaint,basedonlyonherknowledgeofordinace213.IrecommendthattheFirstSelectmanengagetheTownAttorneytoamendtheordinancestoavoidanyfuturemisapplicationorconfusion.Complaint#2:Mr.Sienna"cutadeal"withValleyPhysicaltherapyforthemtopayhalfthetaxesowed.ValleyPhysicaltherapyappealedtaxassessmentsfor2007,2008,and2009toSuperiorCourt.On12-27-11aJointStipulationforJudgmentwasreached.TheStipulationstatedthatValleyPhysicalTherapywastopay$3,499.89tosettletheAppeal.(Seedocument"H").TownstaffarguedagainsttheStipulationcontendingthatinterestwasowedonthebacktaxes.ValleyPhysicalTherapyarguedthatitonlyowedwhatwasstatedintheStipulation.(Seedocuments
"I",
"J",
"K"and"L").
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MrSiennaconsultedwithformerTownAttorneyJackBradleyandcurrentTownAttorneyKariOlson.BothadvisedMr.Siennathatsplittingtheinterestowedwouldbeareasonablesolutionofthedispute.Mr.Siennaacceptedpaymentofhalftheinterest,tosettletheoutstandingtaxes.
 
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ThomasA.RoohrAswiththefirstcomplaintMr.Sienna'sactionswerehonest,transparentandproper.
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