ROCK FALLS – The state comptroller’s office is denying public access to a letter in which Coloma Township Supervisor Debra Burke explains why she has been years late turning in financial reports.
The comptroller’s office said the letter contained “personal medical information.”
In an interview last month, Burke said her health played a role in the problems with the township’s financial reports to the comptroller’s office and those published in the newspaper.
“I have had some health issues,” she said. “I have had three major surgeries. I don’t like to make excuses. But there are things that have happened that caused the delays.”
On Nov. 25, Burke turned in the 2010 financial report, although it hasn’t yet shown up on the new portion of the comptroller’s website, because of a technical glitch.
Burke turned in the 2011 report Tuesday and plans to submit the ones for 2012 on Monday and 2013 on Dec. 20, according to the comptroller’s office.
As a result of the lateness, the comptroller’s office has fined the township more than $13,000, which Burke has said she would pay. However, the township has requested the state either eliminate or reduce the penalties.
The comptroller’s office has confirmed receiving that request and is reviewing it.
The township’s reports in the newspaper have been riddled with errors.
Township Trustee Peggy McFadden has called the finances a “mess,” saying the public should treat the numbers in the reports with skepticism.