Auditor still reviewing finances in Newburgh

Posted April 02, 2010, at 10:34 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — An auditor hired in mid-March to review the town’s books and look for potential inaccuracies continued his work on Friday while town officials prepared to proceed with the annual town meeting next week.

Possible inaccuracies in the town’s financial records came to light the day before the March 13 annual town meeting and forced the postponement of most of that meeting dealing with the budget.

Shortly thereafter, selectmen placed Town Manager Nancy Hatch and Cindy Dunton, deputy treasurer, on administrative leave with pay.

They hired Robert Brown and CPA Solutions LLC of Bangor to investigate the finances and longtime clerk Lois Libby to serve as interim town manager.

Libby said on Friday that the auditor’s report was not finished and that next year’s budget cannot be completed and presented to residents until it is.

“We’re going to recommence [the annual town meeting] on April 10 at 9 a.m.” to discuss the budget and take up the annual town meeting warrant articles, she said.

“If the audit report is not done, we’ll have to reconvene and then vote to continue it at a later date,” Libby said.

The April 10 meeting is scheduled to take place at the school.

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