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Tax collector fired

publisher Nov 9, 2017 - 4:29pm

North Glengarry has fired tax collector Sandra Cameron as an investigation into tax bill discrepancies continues.

The Ontario Provincial Police has been contacted, says the municipality which has since January been investigating and correcting several tax account errors.

The Township commissioned a forensic investigation that was conducted by Deloitte LLP. That investigation is ongoing but an interim report was recently received. The report confirmed the nature and scale of transactions which, in the township’s view, "violated municipal policies and practices. In accordance with the Township’s insurance policy, the Ontario Provincial Police has been contacted."
Discrepancies first appeared in January when the interim tax bills were produced. Township staff, with assistance from specialized auditors, have been making corrections to individual accounts ever since. The discrepancies typically relate to the manner in which payments, penalties and interest were applied and reported.

No further details are available at this time.

Fraud suspected in tax bill errors

publisher Mar 27, 2017 - 11:02am

North Glengarry CAO Daniel Gagnon suspects that fraudulent actions may be the cause of problems with the township’s tax billing system. Since January, North Glengarry has heard from dozens of residents complaining about unusually high tax bills. At first, the municipality believed it was an internal error and hired an accounting firm to get to the bottom of the matter.

“With the help of the auditors, we suspect that fraud may be involved,” Mr. Gagnon says.“Council will hire some forensic auditors.”

Details in the March 29 edition of The News.

Business raided

publisher Mar 21, 2017 - 12:19pm

Police raided an Alexandria metal reycling operation early last Thursday as part of an investigation into an alleged multi-million-dollar “complex” tax evasion scheme.

Officers executed a search warrant at Kenyon Auto Centre on County Road 45 March 16 during Opération Nobélium, a two-year Sûreté du Québec probe of a series of transactions that allegedly defrauded the Québec government of $17 million in tax revenue over a period of 19 months.

More details in the March 22 edition of The Glengarry News

Tax error update

publisher Feb 10, 2017 - 10:53am

The Township of North Glengarry has issued this update:
"Investigations are ongoing with the assistance of the township’s auditors into inconsistencies in the status of some tax accounts related to the manner in which payments and interest were applied and reported. The Township CAO (Daniel Gagnon) notes that, “It is too early to speculate on the root causes but I can confirm that any errors found will be corrected and adjustments made accordingly to the required accounts.”

A special Council meeting is being held on Monday, February 13th at 4:00 pm in the Sandfield Centre to brief Council and review some of the legal and procedural options open to Council and staff for managing the corrections needed. The Township regrets any inconvenience caused by these inconsistencies and will continue to update the public on a regular basis."

Tax glitches

publisher Feb 3, 2017 - 9:13am

North Glengarry Township is working on correcting errors that have been detected in its tax bills.

“After a routine internal review, the township has identified discrepancies in the status of some tax accounts. The discrepancies typically relate to the manner in which payments, penalty and interest were applied and reported,” the municipality says in a press release.

“We are assessing the situation and working with our auditors to determine the nature and the scale of the issue,” relates  Treasurer Annie Levac.

The township is also determining the most appropriate way to rectify the mistakes and is communicating with individuals regarding their tax accounts.

Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Gagnon notes that “the township needs to carefully balance privacy laws and its legislated duty to operate as transparently as possible and will continue to update the public and council as needed as the situation unfolds.” The problem was red-flagged when pre-authorized payment accounts for 2017 were being set up, he explains.

When they received their interim tax bills, some ratepayers complained that they were being charged interest on overdue taxes, when in fact they were not in arrears.

“We are digging into it, dealing with this on a case by case basis,” relates Mr. Gagnon.

North Glengarry to switch to LED street lights

sean Jan 17, 2015 - 1:11pm

North Glengarry made this announcement last week:

Council recently approved the retrofit of every streetlight in the Township of North Glengarry. They will be converted to LED.

Currently, the Township owns approximately 830 streetlights consuming over 180,000 Watts of electricity. This works out to a total annual cost of $166,000. Combined with $24,000 in annual maintenance, the total operations costs for the streetlight network is over $190,000/year.

With the installation of the new lights, the energy consumption drops to about 68,000 watts of energy costing a total of about $62,000 per year and a token maintenance amount of $2,500 per year. This works out to a savings of about $125,000/year.

The lifespan of these lights are 22 years or 100,000 hours. Coupled with an assumption of annual energy rate increases and the immediate annual savings starting this year, the Township can expect to save roughly $1.3 million by the year 2025 and $3-$3.5 million dollars by the year 2037.

The total project cost is roughly $400,000 as a conservative estimate, but likely less as it accounts for 50% of the lights being rewired. That said, the project essentially pays for itself in about 3 years.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department for more details. (613) 525-3087 or micheline@northglengarry.ca