In response to comments from folks unknown under the article
prompted Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore sent the following:
I am writing this email to address some of the concerns brought up by anonymous commenters.
The Township Officials of Illinois arranged for the IRS to educate the Township Supervisors of Northern Illinois about the IRS rules last summer.
The Highway Commissioner and his daughter attended this training.
Recently the IRS has started offering state-wide telephone conferences to educate municipal staff and officials.
The FSLG (Federal, State, and Local Governments) is a newer division of the IRS.
The auditors completed their field work in June of 2011 and have just sent their final audit for FY 2010 and draft audit for FY 2011 in time for the February 2012 board meeting.
The auditors have provided no reason to the board for the delay in finalizing their audits.
Trustee [Rob] LaPorta has been in regular contact via phone and email, with the auditors since the fieldwork was completed.
A special meeting of the board was held in August of 2011 during which he talked with the auditors for well over an hour.
The board was informed of the IRS regulations in August of 2011 and again in January of 2012.
They discussed the IRS and IMRF audits at the January 2012 board meeting.
The Assessor and Highway Commissioner participated in the IRS audit.
The board has been provided with the phone number for the IRS contact who has audited the township.
The township has recently also been audited by the IMRF.
The board has not adopted the recommendations of the IMRF resulting from the audit.
The trustees have copies of the CPA audits, IRS audit, and the IMRF audit.
The Supervisor’s office uses three vehicles, a bus and two minivans, that were obtained by the previous supervisor using general assistance funds and county grants.
The McHenry Council of Governments reaction can be found here.