Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Clifton finances too 'imprecise'

Regarding "Big payday today in Clifton" (Page L-1, Jan. 8):

Every employee of the city of Clifton should thank The Record for its tenacity in researching the payroll issue. In typical Clifton fashion, both your reporter, Abbott Koloff, and the employee who brought this to the governing body's attention in 2014 were labeled "troublemakers" and accused of practicing "yellow journalism."

Even to this day, some continue to deny this problem existed. Every worker deserves to be paid for each and every day worked. It is the American way. As a Clifton taxpayer, what is troubling is that this error has cost taxpayers almost $300,000, as the article stated.

The quotes by Clifton's financial officer are extremely disturbing and laughable. Imagine any finance or payroll official stating the "method of payment we use is imprecise" and "dates on checks do not reflect the actual payroll period."

The company that does the payroll does not arbitrarily add whatever dates to the checks it wants. It simply records the information Clifton gives it.

Taxpayers shouldn't be surprised by these "imprecise" methods of payment as it was this same "imprecise" method that the city used in charging the library more than $300,000 in "indirect costs" annually for several years. I brought that to light during my City Council tenure. And to this day, the problem could never be explained by the finance officer.

Maybe it is time for the state of New Jersey to conduct an audit and stop these "imprecise" accounting methods. Wonder what other errors might be found?

Mary Sadrakula

Clifton, Jan. 8

The writer is a former member of the Clifton City Council.

Let's put corrupt politicians to work

Regarding "Sewer official's retrial upheld" (Page L-1, Jan. 6):

I have to applaud the state for uncover-ing this nonsense at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

As a taxpayer, I believe the state has already spent enough of my money throwing the politically connected out of their cushy jobs and putting an end to the culture of corruption at the commission.

After all is said, it would be a "crime" to waste another penny of our tax dollars sending these people to jail. …

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