Township sues supervisor over payroll taxes

Township sues supervisor over payroll taxes

MONTICELLO — Blue Ridge Township officials want their supervisor out of office, alleging she has failed to submit payroll taxes on time for a majority of her seven-year tenure.

In a four-count lawsuit filed in Piatt County in August, the township - the northernmost township in Piatt County - says Sandra Manuel has incurred at least $8,399 in late fees from the Internal Revenue Service and hid the penalties from the township board. Court documents also show the township at one time owed at least $19,489 in taxes to the Illinois Department of Revenue, which included late charges dating back to December 2006.

"Our indication is that paychecks were written (to township employees) and money withheld from paychecks, but corresponding tax forms that would report them and remit the contributions are chronically not filed on time," said Michael Tague, the attorney representing the township.

Manuel could not be reached for comment.

Besides wanting the court to oust Manuel from office, the township is asking for a preliminary injunction prohibiting her from writing township checks in the absence of the township clerk and at least one board member.

A court hearing to consider that injunction is scheduled for Wednesday at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello.

A third count asks the court to assess a $50 fine on Manuel for each case of "willful neglect." The final count asks for forfeiture of her bond with the Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association.

The township also says Manuel failed to present bills to the township, did not keep correct accounts of receipts and expenditures, failed to report the tax levy amount received, and "concealed from the township outstanding indebtedness due for unpaid indebtedness, including but not limited to (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) contributions and delinquent payments to the Internal Revenue Service."

Tague said the township is still in the process of figuring out what it owes in payroll taxes. He added there is "no indication at this time that monies were taken, but we are investigating it."

Manuel was elected to office in the spring of 2005. Her second term expires in May.

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scollins4443 wrote on September 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm
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Did you all hear about the comptroller who stole 53 million dollars from the taxpayers in Dixon Illinois since 1996? Read the story. That's why this country is in the red! The people we trust are theives and they are all Republicans! Citizens read about this trend growing across America. It's sickening to know that the people we vote in are stealing. Dixon Il. is where Ronald Reagan was born and it's like it's all over the country. What's that telling me? Republicans are the same, they take what they can and leave the rest without being prosecuted. The comptroller in Dixon is only being charge with wire fraud. You figure! Send them to prison and make them [pay restitution.

chux0r wrote on September 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

I, like you, wish I could put all the criminals of the world in plaid suits so I can recognize them on the street. That would make life easy, wouldn't it? While I sympathize with your sentiments, you are setting yourself up to be duped by Democrats, Independents, or whomever else might hold high office from which they can lie, cheat, steal, gerrymander, and impart political favors to their fat friends. They are not all Republicans. You are right in that they are all politicians, in that it is a unconscionable tragedy, and in that none truly represent you or me.