ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) -- A local tax collector is accused of letting city employees slide on their taxes and now she's on paid administrative leave.
The mayor is now calling for a third party to come in and find out just how many people owe money to Ansonia.
An article in the Independent Sentinel prompted the investigation.
Thousands of dollars in taxes are still owed and they're accumulating at an 18 percent interest rate, the mayor says it's money that will get paid.
It's in her title, but the Mayor says the tax collector didn't do just that, collect. This leaves some residents are angry.
"If she did do that I don't think she should have her job," said Tony Pantaleo of Ansonia, "'cause that's not fair to everybody else. That's just wrong."
Tony is not the only Ansonia resident that feels that way.
"It's a real shame and it's not fair to the taxpayers of this city at all," said Dan King of Ansonia. "Everybody works hard and we're all expected to pay our taxes."
The Mayor explains that he's not happy either.
"It's very disturbing, but we're going to get a handle on it," said Mayor Jim Della Volpe.
He says he doesn't know when it started, but for at least a couple of years tax collector Bridget Bostic would let taxes slide for her mother, Marion and four city employees.
The Mayor says there could be at least 10 other residents involved too. All so they could register their cars.
"I think she had good intentions, but it was poor judgment on her part," explained the Mayor.
Now, he says they're handing over a nearly 40-page report to police and the State Attorney's office to see if any criminal charges are on the way.
Plus, he's asking for oversight reform. News 8 asked the Mayor why they weren't already in place.
"They should have been and I don't know why they weren't," he said.
News 8 asked him if he could have put them in place already.
W"ell, it's under the auspice of the comptroller, the comptroller looks over the tax office," explained Mayor Volpe. "I'm responsible for everything, obviously I didn't realize this was going on."
He says before the report came out about $50,000 was owed. Since the report, some folks have paid up.
"I don't think we've lost any money, but that's why we're also continuing the investigation to make sure that that's true," explained the Mayor.
Residents are eager to hear the outcome.
"If they've been doing it for years, it's unfair to all of us and Ansonia's hurting for taxes," said Bill Toth of Ansonia.
Coming up on Tuesday is an alderman board meeting.
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