ROCK FALLS – Coloma Township Supervisor Debra Burke kept her promise to personally pay $3,200 in fines that the township had been assessed for failing to turn in financial reports for 4 years, officials said last week.
A few months ago, the state levied fines of more than $13,000 for the lack of reports, which are posted on the website of the state comptroller’s office. At Coloma’s request, the state reduced the penalties.
Burke, who finished the reports during the winter, took responsibility for the problem, even acknowledging last year in a tearful interview that she was not good at math.
The township’s trustees asked that Burke give the money for the fine to the township, rather than directly to the state. That way, they would know for sure that Burke had paid the money, officials said.
At last month’s annual meeting, residents voted to have the township launch a forensic audit within 3 months to examine 5 years of finances. Such an audit is more in-depth than a conventional one.
The accounting firm Wipfli started the conventional audit a year ago, but has yet to finish it.
Trustees Walter “Butch” Neal and Peggy McFadden said last week they had heard nothing new about the audit.
Burke’s term will end in 2017. She has been supervisor since 1981.