Diaz to bill town for delinquent tax collector’s fee

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copyright the Chronicle November 16, 2016


by Elizabeth Trail

COVENTRY — There was largely stunned silence around the room Monday night when the select board read aloud part of a note from delinquent tax collector Cynthia Diaz.

The note said that Ms. Diaz plans to bill the town next week for the 8 percent penalty charged to four taxpayers whose late property taxes she collected recently.

That would be business as usual in most towns, but it came at the same time that the select board was hearing auditor Jeff Graham, who has been scrutinizing Coventry’s books, say that at least $26,000 in cash tax payments is known to be missing from the 2013 to 2015 tax years. And he said he expects the number will be higher.

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