Gasper Twp. trustees to pay missing taxes, may bring disciplinary action against fiscal officer

UPDATE @ 9:13 p.m.:

Gasper Twp. Trustee Eric White said that the township passed a resolution to pay the taxes in full in a meeting tonight that did not include fiscal officer Anitra Roell and trustee Bill Roell, who were unable to attend.

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White expressed frustration with fiscal officer Roell. He suggested that she was to blame for the tax situation, and said that the township may seek disciplinary action against her for dereliction of duty, although he did not believe anything illegal had occurred.

After contacting the fiscal officer, White said that Gasper Twp. has the money owed available in its general fund.

The township authorized Preble County Prosecuting Attorney Martin Votel to contact the payroll company used by the township to investigate the problem.

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These issues will be discussed at a May 20 meeting at the township administration building, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Fiscal officer Roell could not be reached for comment.

FIRST REPORT:

A federal tax lien filed with the Preble County Recorder’s Office shows Gasper Twp. Trustees owe the federal government more than $35,000 for taxes dating back to 2014, according to public records.

The lien was filed with the county April 19, but was prepared by the IRS on April 10.

A special meeting has been called for the township at the township administration building, 4195 Paintcreek Road, to discuss the lien, according to two township trustees.

According to the lien, the IRS has “made a demand for payment ... but it remains unpaid.”

The lien includes taxes owed and any interest or penalties accrued, according to the document.

Tonight’s meeting to discuss the lien is at 6 p.m.

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