Saturday, June 2, 2018

No payroll checks?  Vacation?  What about the assistants?

The assistant to the Town Administrator was in the office of the board of selectmen.
What about the assistant Town Accountant? I thought that was one reason for having assistants, so the work can be done when the lead person is out. Perhaps the policy that covers this situation should be looked at for the answers.

I hope all Town employees attend the next selectmen meeting and under public comments, these questions are asked and they get answers. From some conversations I have had from residents, things are not much better in the Treasurer / Collectors office. I hope the elected sewer commissioners stand their ground and keep control of those enterprise funds. It sometimes seems there is nothing more than a big ponzi scheme going on with regards to Templeton finance. Time for some management costing to be done? An outside payroll service does not seem like such a bad idea right now.

Maybe it is time for a tax underride? Since there is 20 million dollars being spent on a regional lockup facility, to include drug rehab and medical services, is there a need for any small town to have their own jail cells, that come with all those requirements such as additional personnel to watch the prisoners, transport to hospital for any medical problem, real or possible, feeding them, etc.

Of course, the people just voted for a tax increase, just re-elected a selectmen so they must be happy with the government they have. Maybe time to just sit back, smell the coffee and have a good laugh. Now, about them pot holes and beetles in all the trees out there?

On page 65 in the spending plan book for FY2018, (Treasurer/Collector) there is an item listed as Harpers payroll for $12,190.00. Presumably, that is to cover cost of processing Town payroll.

On page 47 in the spending plan book for FY 2019, (Town Accountant) there is an item listed as Harpers Payroll for $12,190.00. Again, presumably to cover cost of processing payroll.

Looking through the Town Administrators reports for the year (weekly) almost every one of them contain the same thing: Finance team - Town Accountant and Treasurer/Collector; nothing to report.

Probably won't hear much about this at a selectmen meeting because the Town Administrator will handle it and he is not covered by the open meeting law. Things like employee evaluations are not done at selectmen meetings, where people who pay the bills and salaries, can hear about qualifications and quality of work completed by the employees they pay for. Taxpayers should be able to hear this information.


  1. This issue of payroll is all on the lack of management! How basic is making sure your employees are paid? It's not unusual, out of the ordinary as a matter of fact it happens fairly

    Someone needs to feel the failure here. Raises for those responsible............NO! Warning placed in someones file...........Yup! Someone getting publicly called to the mat and fired........possibly.

    The string of failures over a short period of time, lack of urgency in filling empty positions and the financial issues still present I'd bet we start seeing employees bailing.
    It takes very little for a bad situation to get unmanageable when evacuations of employees start.

    This is such a basic function hearing it has me truly concerned for how ineffective and chaotic our management team seems.

    This management team has been in place, working together, so that a basic practice like paying your employees should not be overlooked.

  2. Does the treasure/collector send the payroll info to the payroll company? Last time I hear the TA state it was the treasure / collector's job. The last one had trouble doing it also. She is gone.

  3. I just did a little research and it does appear that payroll is usually dealt with by the Treasurer/collector in municipalities.
    If true, well, we need a correction.

    1. After spending 300,000. on audits we still do not have one certified person on our "Finance Team". What is wrong with that picture ? Just about everything ! So what are we going to do ? Wait until we are in hock up to our ears again before we make some changes ?


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