On Friday, Brazil City Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Webster told The Brazil Times she had suspended deputy clerk/treasurer Janet Wallace for failure to pay city taxes on time.
"I felt like I had no choice," Webster said. "I had to take action."
Webster said State Board of Accounts Auditor Sharon Cooprider informed her Tuesday that, during a routine audit, she had discovered that there were four different occasions where city taxes had been paid late.
According to Webster, the city now faces penalties totaling $6,051.11.
"I was shocked that it was on four separate occasions," Webster said. "I knew of one penalty."
According to Webster, Wallace had talked to the auditor about the issue.
"(Wallace) told her she didn't know why she made the errors," Webster said.
On Wednesday, Webster said that she, Wallace and Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw met with the auditor. According to Webster, Wallace apologized for the incidents.
Webster informed The Brazil Times that Wallace is being suspended without pay but will be allowed to keep her insurance, pending the outcome of the situation.
The State Board of Accounts, however, has informed Webster that the money is to be paid back to the city, but she said no specific time frame has been given.
"I'm sure we will be getting a timeline," Webster said. "The sooner, the better."
Webster added that City Attorney Eric Wyndham and her attorney, Bill Brown, will soon ask the IRS to wave the penalties.
"I'd say in the next week, they'll start working on that," she said.
Webster said she has been in contact with Wallace about the situation since it came to light.
"I've kept her informed every day," Webster said. "My hope is that it will be resolved in a timely manner."
Webster said Wallace's duties as deputy clerk/treasurer include handling taxes and payroll.
Wallace could not be contacted for comment.