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meme

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Mar 31, 2012
More corruption and money mismanagement was found in the recent audit of the towns payroll. Is it any wonder the town is in financial trouble? Someone should be held accountable for all the errors found by the towns payroll clerk. Thousands of dollars were paid out and no one has their behind on the chopping block, anywhere else but Saltville heads would roll.
Citizen

Patrick Springs, VA

#2 Mar 31, 2012
meme wrote:
More corruption and money mismanagement was found in the recent audit of the towns payroll. Is it any wonder the town is in financial trouble? Someone should be held accountable for all the errors found by the towns payroll clerk. Thousands of dollars were paid out and no one has their behind on the chopping block, anywhere else but Saltville heads would roll.
Would like to see an audit of the entire county,and the Sheriffs Dept.
yes

Crozet, VA

#3 Mar 31, 2012
meme wrote:
More corruption and money mismanagement was found in the recent audit of the towns payroll. Is it any wonder the town is in financial trouble? Someone should be held accountable for all the errors found by the towns payroll clerk. Thousands of dollars were paid out and no one has their behind on the chopping block, anywhere else but Saltville heads would roll.
Guess we know why they can't pave the roads or anything else this town needs. Alot of the officials were taking the money home.
outraged

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 1, 2012
I now see why the people who are in charge of the finances of the town of Saltville {Mayor, Town Council, Town Manager, etc.}can keep on getting by with the money mismanagement, the citizens of the town don't care. You can tell that by reading Topix. People should be outraged by the corruption that is going on in this town. Instead they just ignore it. Until the citizens stand up and hold the people in charge accountable, they will continue to fleece the town.
Just wait

Fork Union, VA

#5 Apr 1, 2012
I saw a copy of the $32k check written to Mr. Surber. It was signed by two people - Steven W. Johnson and T. Michael Taylor. Did the council ok this or did those two take upon themselves?
Mike Taylor

Nashville, TN

#6 Apr 2, 2012
hey, leave me alone. Steve is my friend and he deserved the money!!!
Anyone this stupid

Burlington, VT

#7 Apr 2, 2012
Hard to believe management is this stupid !
outraged

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Apr 2, 2012
I do not believe stupidity is the problem, I think getting money for themselves and their cronies under the table is what motivates the people in charge of the town's finances. One day the citizens of Saltville will wake up and see what has been going on, but alas, it will be to late. All the money will be gone. Olin left Saltville with enough assets, if handled properly, would have made Saltville one of the most wealthy towns around. Instead it is the poorest. We could have a prosperous town that we could be proud of.. Wake up Saltville and put these corrupt officials and employees out on their behinds.
Tired and Ashamed

Crozet, VA

#9 Apr 2, 2012
outraged wrote:
I do not believe stupidity is the problem, I think getting money for themselves and their cronies under the table is what motivates the people in charge of the town's finances. One day the citizens of Saltville will wake up and see what has been going on, but alas, it will be to late. All the money will be gone. Olin left Saltville with enough assets, if handled properly, would have made Saltville one of the most wealthy towns around. Instead it is the poorest. We could have a prosperous town that we could be proud of.. Wake up Saltville and put these corrupt officials and employees out on their behinds.
First, the citizens of Saltville are awake now with everything that has been outted in the last year or so, but I think many, including myself don't know what to do. Seems like we get more bad news & beat down time after time. Second you're right, the money is gone & now we know alot of whose pockets it's been going in. If alot of people feel like I do. You just feel defeated & let down & ashamed over & over & over again. How can you vote these people out when the majority keep voting them back in?
farmer

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Apr 3, 2012
I think the town politics is like a patch of potatoes. You can only use the same seed for so long before it goes bad. then you have to start over with new seed. And people it is time to change the seed. Get rid of the corruption elect new people do not fall down in the hole where they keep trying to push us down in. It is time for the people to band together and stand as one.
think about this

Johnson City, TN

#11 Apr 3, 2012
No matter someone was suppose to be in charge. Mr. Surber must not have thought that he was getting overpaid or he would have never contacted the labor board. Also, the new chief was just trying to get more money for his officers or he would not have questioned anything. Go back in time and remember who was the town managers.
Mike Taylor - Steve Johnson - Eddie Asbury- Jeff Smith- John Clark- a women I can't remember-Peter Hubber-David Barrett- Henry McDaniel I lost count. During this time the council required the office workers to cross over to each others jobs. Was that a problem. Did that audit review Karen's time sheet and who signed it. What about now, who reviews all time sheets. Old council used to sign off on the monthly bills. Does that still happen?
hmmm

Farmville, VA

#12 Apr 3, 2012
think about this wrote:
No matter someone was suppose to be in charge. Mr. Surber must not have thought that he was getting overpaid or he would have never contacted the labor board. Also, the new chief was just trying to get more money for his officers or he would not have questioned anything. Go back in time and remember who was the town managers.
Mike Taylor - Steve Johnson - Eddie Asbury- Jeff Smith- John Clark- a women I can't remember-Peter Hubber-David Barrett- Henry McDaniel I lost count. During this time the council required the office workers to cross over to each others jobs. Was that a problem. Did that audit review Karen's time sheet and who signed it. What about now, who reviews all time sheets. Old council used to sign off on the monthly bills. Does that still happen?
didn't they say mr. surber was turning in way more hours for bus driving than he really drove? something like 12-14 hours when it was really 4-6 hours. if so then he knew!
outraged

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Apr 3, 2012
I don't really know who is supposed to review the time sheets but the person doing the audit said Ms. Miller used 2 different books to fill out vacation and sick time. There should not be 2 different sets of records. If everything is above board, one set of records is all that is needed. A yearly audit would put an end to all the hanky panky going on if the responsible people would be fired or prosecuted. AS long as nothing is done, they will continue to rip off the town. We should demand that someone is held accountable.
Just wait

Fork Union, VA

#14 Apr 3, 2012
Will all those big checks that were written out to former employees be repaid? Everywhere I've worked time could not be carried over .Why isn't the town manager reviewing the time sheets? Boy he's really worth that $6000 a year raise he got last year.
meme

Lynchburg, VA

#15 Apr 5, 2012
I agree with Farmer, time to get new seed. Everyone get out and vote and get rid of all the bad potatoes.
Part of the problem

Burlington, VT

#16 Apr 5, 2012
Certainly he was reviewng the timesheets ?
Mr. Surber's statement to the press - supports the fact! "Some one approved my timesheets !"
So hey - don't blame me for overstating my hours worked !
Fine group of public servants !
in the know

Johnson City, TN

#17 Apr 5, 2012
One set of books was for the time worked during the old town payroll policy. The second set was for the most current policy. The council changed the workers benefit packages to suit themselves. One min. your are a boss the next you are not. The person who makes big bucks is Coleston, according to him he is never off. Is on call 7 days a week. When Karen Talbert worked at the town, she never took her lunch time, but still ate while at work. She did not leave her desk, someone carried her lunch to her. This audit was towards Steve Surber. They have been trying to get rid of Anita for years. Before this someone signed her name to records in regard to the housing project on Buckeye Street. She proved that she was not even working when that happened. What ever happened to the time clocks Jeff Smith purchased. He must have realized that things were not right. Lets get a new council, a new mayor, a new town manager, a new police chief, and a new accountant. State law requires an annual audit.
meme

Lynchburg, VA

#18 Apr 6, 2012
I used to think some adults read Topix, now I know that only teens read it. If adults read Topix, I think they would be more upset about the town audit.
Surely adults would be more responsible and be more concerned with the town's finances than some of these other topics that are getting more attention.
seven years with an audit

Burlington, VT

#19 Apr 9, 2012
That's a lot of time for misappropriations !
Big news is yet to be published !
$ 200 K to police force is just a distraction and a pittance compared to what is actually being misplaced !
More closed sessions to come !
years without an audit

Burlington, VT

#20 Apr 9, 2012
Seven ?

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