Canton Supervisor's Pay Prompts State Audit

Canton Supervisor's Pay Prompts State Audit

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The state Comptroller's Office will be taking a look at the town of Canton's books. It's because the town council asked for an audit after a dustup over the supervisor's pay.

David Button made a salary of $14,000 on paper, but was being cut checks for $43,000 per year.

Button said it was because he had taken over bookkeeping duties when his wife retired.

In August, Button paid back $73,000 to the town.

The town has since paid out $58,000 to his wife for work she did off the books. Now those books will get a close look.

“What they're going to do is take a look at our practices with how we handle payroll. And that will be done by an examiner of the New York State Comptroller's Office,” said Button.

The audit will start soon and could take several months. The town council has since farmed out its bookkeeping duties to a private accounting firm.

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