Illinois Leaks Focuses on Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Victor as Board Rejects $168,000 of Road District Bills

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with permission:

Algonquin Township – Trustee Victor points to “Shady Money” – calls for a forensic audit

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Nope, you cannot make this stuff up!  

Melissa Victor, a self-proclaimed “numbers” person was unable to make heads or tails of certain bills and budget matters.

Melissa Victor

At one point during the meeting, she stated she does not know what he has in his budget, referring to the Road District.

How can she not know what is in the budget?

She was a party to the recent stripping of money from his budget, yet now she says she does not know what is in his budget?

She knew what was in it in October and refused to pay certain bills because of that knowledge, so what happened since the October meeting that now she does not know what is in the budget?

As she shared her concerns with a clear attempt to cast the cause of her confusion towards Andrew Gasser, the Algonquin Township Road District Highway Commissioner, she appears to have forgotten that Gasser has nothing to do with keeping the financial books for the Road District.

That is a function of the Township Supervisor as the Treasure for the Road District.

As a trustee, one would have thought she understood that.

In a rare occurrence, Attorney Kelly spoke up and informed her who handles such matters and that it was not a function of the Road District as she was attempting to imply.

During her talking points, she talks of “shady money going in exchange in these different line items”.  You can see her comments on this beginning at the 8:36 mark of the video below.

She then suggests a forensic audit, which is actually a great idea.

An idea Gasser tried to have done months ago only to be shot down by this Board.

We encourage a forensic audit and ask that it include the last term of the prior Highway Commissioner as well.

I doubt this board will ever authorize any action towards accountability to past spending by the previous Highway Commissioner, but it is clear they are desperately trying to find any possible fault with the current one.

Too bad such scrutiny was not applied to Bob Miller during all his spending sprees.

You can view the forensic audit comment at the 9:38 mark of the video below.

Trustee Victor also took issue with sales tax being paid for clothing purchases by employees and suggested providing tax exempt forms to the employees for them to use for their personal purchased for applicable clothing.

Such an action is not permissible under Illinois law according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

From the Illinois Department of Revenue Publication 104 on sales tax:

“sales of tangible personal property made to a governmental body (Federal, State, local, or foreign) are exempt from the Retailers’ Occupation Tax only if the governmental body has an active E-number issued by IDOR and the governmental body provides this active E-number to the retailer, who  records that number instead of collecting the tax. In addition, only sales of tangible personal property invoiced directly to and paid by governmental bodies that possess active E-numbers are exempt. If an individual government employee provides a credit card to the retailer containing the name of the employee along with the name of the governmental body, tax will be due, even if the employee provides an active E-number.”

In the situation Victor talks about, purchases are being made by individuals and paid for with their own money.

Using a public body’s tax exempt form requires the public body to be the one making the purchase.  Tax exempt purchases by public bodies are only tax exempt if the purchase is invoiced directly to and paid by the government bodies.

Allowing employees to use the tax exempt document to make personal purchases does not appear to be the legal way to make such a purchase tax exempt.

Of additional interest is income tax on these benefits.

Reading some tax instruction information it appears some of these purchases may not be income tax exempt.

There are specific qualifiers for clothing allowances and it is quite possible this allowance may be subject to reporting on their W2, which we understand has not been done in the past but is being looked into.

If it is found that such purchases are subject to income tax under the IRS rules they will file an amended filing to correct any identified past failings in this area.

You can view the video below that contains all the information reported in this article.

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Illinois Leaks Focuses on Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Victor as Board Rejects $168,000 of Road District Bills — 9 Comments

  1. Victor is the adult version of a 3 year old telling you a knock-knock joke.

    Convention forces you to sit through the agonizing stupidity.

  2. State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation, General Administrative Duties of the Township Highway Commissioners
    http://ediillinois.org/ppa/docs/00/00/00/05/23/74/2013AdministrativeDutiesHandbookFINAL.pdf
    SECTION VIll
    MANDATORY (BY LAW) DUTIES AND CALENDAR
    A. DUTIES THAT THE HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER MUST PERFORM
    d. Financial Records. Since the District Clerk keeps records, books and papers for the Commissioner and since there is a Treasurer for the Road District, there is no clear legal requirement that the Commissioner keep financial records. (605 ILCS 5/6-202.2) However, many Commissioners do keep informal accounts of expenditures, especially so as to have a current balance available without having to consult with the Clerk or Treasurer. Such financial records would help in the preparation of the reports discussed below.

    If Gasser would quit hiding and attend meetings like he should many of these small problems wouldn’t turn into real big problems.

  3. Melissa Victor, you should just keep your mouth shut and just appear to be stupid, than to start talking and remove all doubt.

  4. This is at least the 4th or 5th time in the last year when you have been quoted as saying “you just don’t know” or “I need more information”.

    Here’s a thought, come to the damn meetings prepared.

  5. DO IT!

    Stand behind her in a call for a forensic audit!

    Then and only then, can the board and residents move on.

  6. The only reason Victor, and others, want the Highway Commissioner at the meetings is to pile on, belittle, and criticize, and at every opportunity to mention the name “Hanlon.”

    You, Ms. Victor, are transparent, just as you were, playing to the Union crowd, carrying out their script at the last circus.

    Get on with the Township business.

  7. I can’t yet determine if Victor is so removed from reality that she can’t grasp what truth is?

    Or, if she is a deliberate and perpetual liar?

    Either way she doesn’t posses any genuine honesty.

    Her actions best support those who want IL townships abolished completely.

  8. If only there were an exam on makeup for victor to grade!

    As a “numbers person” she should take up accounting.

    I find it interesting that she now wants a forensic accounting when she was involved with the payment of all of the Road District Bills and refused to allow the disbursement of funds for a forensic accounting.

    Plus she should have been involved with the audit of the Township and the Road District.

  9. Interesting that Victor is conferring with Kelly at the Township Dime for personal advice.

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