Union Bridge water bills audited

November 03, 1995

The accountants who regularly audit Union Bridge's financial records have been asked to examine the town's water bill accounts, at the request of the criminal investigation division of the state police Westminster barracks.

Water customers voiced anger at a Town Council meeting last month after learning that some customers with broken meters have been receiving estimated bills for years. Veteran Town Clerk Kathleen D. Kreimer went on a mutually agreed-upon leave of absence Oct. 26.

State police asked for the audit "because people had made complaints that there could be criminal activity" in the billing practices, said Tfc. John N. Reininger of the criminal investigation division.

Mayor Perry L. Jones said he asked the accounting group Musselman and Creager of Gettysburg, Pa., to provide the information to state police because it was convenient. The auditors were in Union Bridge last week to prepare the town's monthly financial statement, he said.

Mr. Jones said he doesn't expect town government to give any further consideration to an independent audit. "With what our auditor has done and the books, I think that should be enough to satisfy everybody," he said.

The council plans to review the books and meet with individual water customers who have questions about their bills.

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