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Wallace gives her side

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Nearly one week after learning of the suspension, Janet Wallace offered her side of the story.

On Friday, Brazil City Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Webster suspended Wallace, who serves in the office. Her official duties as deputy clerk/treasurer include handling taxes and payroll.

On Wednesday, Wallace said she had not been notified of her suspension until she was informed by people who knew her who had read the story in Saturday's issue of The Brazil Times.

"Until then, I had no idea," Wallace said. "It already came out in the paper and I did not know it."

Wallace was suspended by Webster after it was learned that there were four separate occasions where city taxes had been paid late.

On Wednesday, Wallace said she never denied the mistakes that were made. However, she said she informed her superior of the incidents.

"I went straight to her and told her," Wallace said. "I believe in telling the truth. Each time I found that taxes hadn't been transferred in time, I told her.

"I would always tell Tracy and we would work on it together."

Webster had told The Brazil Times that State Board of Accounts Auditor Sharon Cooprider had told her last week that, during a routine audit, she found there were four occasions where city taxes were paid late.

Webster then said that she, Wallace and Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw met with the auditor, and, according to Webster, Wallace apologized for the incidents.

Still, Wallace was officially suspended Friday without pay but was allowed to keep her insurance, pending the outcome of the situation. She said she received her suspension notice at her home through a second party.

"I'm just dumbfounded," Wallace said. "I was shocked, because (Webster) had knowledge of it. It just floored me."

On Wednesday, Wallace said in each incident, taxes were paid nine days late. She added that penalties have already been paid and that they were paid within a specific timeframe.

"It was just transferred late," Wallace said.

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sounds like Webster is playing political games, So that Wallace doesn't win the election.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 6:49 AM

Isn't it the Clerk's job to see that things are done on time? But I guess you have to know your job first.

-- Posted by WICKED on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 8:59 AM

Political????? I have a CPA and operate my own accounting firm and pay taxes on a regular basis for many local Brazil organizations. I also read the Brazil Times. According to the first article by Mrs. Webster I understand that the taxes were paid late and a fine was issued. No matter the circumstances Mrs. Wallace was in charge of paying taxes. Therefore, I as well as other taxpayer's in the community should hold her liable for miss appropriating our money. The fines were paid but I'm sure they were not paid out of her pocket, but out of city money. I have never been late with taxes, being late is pure neglagence and I wouldn't elect Janet Wallace as Clerk -Treasurer if she were the only one running, I just wouldn't vote! By the way Is Mrs Webster running for re- election? Finally would you trust Mrs. wallace with your check book? I wouldn't.

-- Posted by mattiesmom on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 10:10 AM

Know the job? How long has Janet Wallace been employed by the City -- years, right? I would assume that Janet Wallace should have the knowledge after years to complete a few tasks accurately. Isn't her title deputyclerk? As a person with that title they should have knowledge of the job. There is alot of fingerpointing going on. Let's hold the person who did this accountable! One time being late, maybe? 4 times, come on -- That is pure negligence! I agree with Mattie's mom!! She won't be handling my checkbook. Pity votes!!! Congratulations Tracy Webster for holding Janet Wallace accountable Sounds like it has been a long time coming......

-- Posted by Aries on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 10:28 AM

I'm pretty sure that Janet knows how to do her job. None of this would be coming out if the Clerk knew how to do her job and not have to have someone do it for her. But I guess we can't expect that. Another thing, we never heard of any mistakes when Janet was in office. Maybe someone is digging stuff up to hurt her in the election. And I would deffinately allow Janet to take care of my check book.

-- Posted by bucky on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 10:52 AM

Ok where does the loss of $6000 become a game of politics? It was Wallaces JOB to pay the taxes on time....JOB NOT DONE! So it cost taxpayers $6000. I can understand being late MAYBE once, but 4 times? So what happens if Wallace is elected....is the city going to just OVERLOOK it when fees have to be paid because someone was negligent on DOING THIER JOB? Suspended should be more like FIRED!

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 11:04 AM

-- Posted by PANDY on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 12:25 PM

I am a tax payer in this town and I have a concern with were the money goes we pay in taxes. I personal don't hold Ms. Wallace accountable for penalties that are handed down for non payment. She is only the deputy clerk and payroll clerk, she should be assisting the clerk in her duties and the clerk should be on top of things making sure they are being paid on time. She was appointed to the office and could not handle the job so they brought a republican in a democrat office to work. When election time comes I will vote with confidence and I will vote for Ms. Wallace. This is only a small matter of what has been brought out by the audit. When will we hear the rest of the audit info??? This was a political move by the clerk to smear the name of the person who helped make her 28K sallary continue through her search for other employment. Never bite the hand that feeds you and what comes around will go around!

-- Posted by ipaytaxes2 on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 2:36 PM

PLEASE by all means "vote with confidence" because when things get all screwed up...You can confidently BLAME YOURSELF! This politics game is a bunch of cow doo! Clay County is all about POLITICS. It is way past time for Clay County and the City of Brazil to start moving forward and START GETTING THE JOB DONE! Politics here is all about a popularity contest. Im not going to vote for you just because I know your family or you know so and so or even just because I know who you are! When I vote..I vote for somebody qualified...not because I think they are a nice person or any other reason. Its all about being qualified. Maybe all these people running should issue a resume in the paper....lets have interviews! Instead of elections...How about HIRING a QUALIFIED PERSON! There is way too much termoil down the political lines that THE JOB is not getting DONE!!!

My job brushes along the political lines...and honestly...POLITICS STINK!! Its is so funny around here to hear things about politics, but when it comes down to it, you will always hear "Oh thats not my/our job." As a manager myself I have an assistant manager and employees. I rely on my assistant to perform certain tasks. If that person does not do those tasks I have to hold that person responsible, as my superiors will hold me responsible. So should Wallace not be responsible to Webster? BY ALL MEANS SHE SHOULD! There have been lots of APPOINTMENTS lately (a friend of a friend) Maybe if all the City and County offices would start working together and stop all this political pettieness then maybe the City of Brazil and Clay County could start moving forward instead of falling on their face all the time! This is 2007 not 1907...lets get with times here! It time to get people in who are QUALIFIED to do a job, not people who just want a good power trip! There are definitly some people in office in this city and county that have been there WAY TO LONG. ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 4:04 PM

Isn't funny how some of the comments just disappear...... or never appear.

-- Posted by WICKED on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 8:08 AM

You had a mayor who was qualified but the council ran him out because they wouldn't pay him enough. So why would anyone that is qualified want the job because low pay equals low quality!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 9:00 AM

I understand punishing someone for not doing their job when & how it should be done, and yes, I understand that by not paying the taxes on time, Janice did cost the city more money with the penalties involved. She screwed up. Do I think suspension was right? no. Tracy is on a power trip with the whole suspension prospect. And honestly had she done her job all along, the city wouldn't be in the mess they are now.

-- Posted by mhicks on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 11:22 AM

I will do this again I posted a Comment Yesterday that disappeared.Imagine that and more important why?

Janet Wallace has given the city of Brazil many years of work and done her job very well. In fact she was asked to come back to help after a new City Clerk took office to show them how to run the office.If she did not know her job why would they have asked her to step in and help?

Janet made a mistake and Webster was informed she didn't try to hide it

I would like to know about the rest of the Audit as it should be available for Public knowledge but none of the rest of it has even bee discussed .

This should not be a mud slinging fest it's a City Election.

-- Posted by firecracker on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 2:20 PM

I am outraged at what has been happening in our City Clerk's office Tracey Webster carried things way too far she is on a big POWER TRIP!!!!!!!!

My question is where is Karen McQueen in all this she is involved somehow.

Wallace has done an upstanding job for the many years she has been at City Hall She knows her job and I wiill be PROUD and HONORED to cast my vote for Janet Wallace for City Clerk

-- Posted by penguin on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 2:35 PM

"To err is human. To blame someone else is politics." ...Hubert H. Humphrey

This is a political move, driven by a motivation for power and a form of slander. To blame others for your carelessness is coward. I have faith that the people of Brazil will vote with confidence and vote to elect someone who knows the job and can do the job.

Brad Wallace

-- Posted by Wallace on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 9:04 PM

-- Posted by coolgals on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 5:46 AM

Yes I agree with penguin I also would like to know where is. Karen McQueen? In all of this Oh I know where she is she is out trying to dig up more dirt on Wallace with Tracy.and also to mattiesmom yes I would trust Janet Wallace all the way with my check book but would not trust Tracy for all means.

-- Posted by coolgals on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 5:51 AM

-- Posted by steve47834 on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 1:55 PM

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