Financial questions delay Newburgh town meeting

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff
Posted March 14, 2010, at 8:09 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — Potential inaccuracies in the town’s financial records that came to light Friday forced the postponement of Saturday morning’s annual town meeting, and selectmen were scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the hiring of an auditor to look at the accounts.

The town called for the 8 a.m. special selectmen’s meeting, the purpose of which will be “discussion and decision of hiring an auditor,” according to a sign hanging on the door of the town office Sunday. The selectmen also are going into executive session.

Newburgh Selectman Stanley Smith said Sunday afternoon that Saturday’s meeting had been scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The town voted on the first two items on its agenda, the election of selectmen and representatives to the town’s planning board, but postponed the rest of the meeting, which was to deal with the budget for the coming year.

The town has scheduled a meeting for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the school.

Smith declined to comment on what kind of inaccuracies the town is trying to identify. In a prepared statement, Smith said Sunday that information was brought to the town’s attention Friday, which caused selectmen to question the accuracy of the financial records.

“We intend to authorize an audit of the town’s books and records to identify any inaccuracies in our account as advised by our town attorney,” he said. “In light of the uncertainties concerning the town’s financial position, we do not believe we should act on the proposed budget.”

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