Who Takes Tax Collection Credit?

by LonSeidman

Debates from 2009’s municipal election are still being made this year, as Assistant Tax Collector Michelle Brundage took issue with a quote in the Repubilcan – American several weeks ago. At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Brundage read a statement questioning how 3rd District Councilwoman Gale Mastrofrancesco could take credit for collecting $840,000 in back taxes in the last two years.

“Gale Mastrofranscesco has no authority of collecting back taxes,” she clarified. Brundage is the town’s back tax collector and stated that the credit should reside with the tax office. “She had nothing to do with back tax collections and should not be campaigning that she had.”

After the meeting, Mastrofransco acknowledged Brundages role. “That’s her job. Yet, we forcused on it two years ago, putting pressure on during the campaign. Then the money was collected. Why wasn’t it collected over the past 17 years? $1.7 million was sitting on the tax roles.”

During the 2009 campaign, Vanessa Malena lost to Lorraine McQueen in a race for tax collector that focused on back taxes. Several other candidates, including Mastrofrancesco, ran a concerted campaign on the Row C line on the same issue.

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