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Posted: 10/30/13

Village, DDA clear up
confusion on tax dollars

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Spending from an account designated for Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) funds has been chalked up to an accounting error.
       At the Village Board of Trustees' Oct. 21 meeting, the DDA and trustees cleared up confusion regarding a $200 mistake caught by auditors earlier this month.
       DDA Chairperson Randy Seidel said two withdrawals were made from an account held by the village for DDA funds. The withdrawals were $120 and $80.
       He said the account wasn't large, with only about $1,100 in it, but wanted clarification on the withdrawals and the account itself.
       "None of (the checks) came through the board, none of them were approved by the board, no one on the board has recollection of any of the checks," he said.
       Village officials said the account doesn't require DDA approval for transfers, but it is tax dollars that are designated for the DDA.
       Village Clerk Marian McLaughlin said the checks were written from the wrong account, saying they were the only two checks out of more than 2,052 that were withdrawn in error. She said the village treasurer is the only authorized official to write checks for that account.
       "It's not a DDA-owned account, it's a village-owned fund," she said.
       McLaughlin said the checks have been reversed and corrected, with the funds restored to the account. The $120 was for Mt. Vernon Tree Service while the $80 check was to a resident for the ambassador club.


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