Liberty Grove Not Happy with Sister Bay’s Accounting

The lack of communication and intergovernmental cooperation with the Village of Sister Bay was a major topic of discussion at the Sept. 20 Liberty Grove Town Board meeting.

It began with Chair John Lowry relating that at a utility meeting with the village, town Administrator Walter “Bud” Kalms learned that Sister Bay was considering transferring $25,000 from the utility fund to the Sister Bay Advancement Association.

Clerk/Treasurer Janet Johnson then did some investigation, first by talking to Sister Bay Finance Director Tasha Rass. Johnson asked if Liberty Grove’s Utility District #1 pays into the fund the village is talking about and was told that it does. She was also told that transfer of funds has not been approved and has to go through the village Finance Committee and then to the village board.

Johnson then talked to the town’s auditor, Paul Denis at Schenck in Green Bay, who told her from an auditor’s viewpoint, the village’s allocation from the utility seems “very odd.” When she asked if this type of allocation had been done before, he informed her that he is not the auditor for the village, but if he were, he would put something in a “management communication letter” to the effect that this is something you should not do. He said the town would specifically have to ask for management communication letters from the village, but he added they are not considered public record documents.

Lowry said the amount that Liberty Grove’s Utility District 1 provides to the utility fund administered by the village doesn’t amount to that much, but it is the principle of the thing. He said the smart thing to do is let the village know they are aware of the talk of transferring funds and that the town will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the use of town funds for that purpose.

The board decided to send a letter to the town advising them not to use any money from Utility District #1 should they decide to transfer funds.

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