BALLSTON LAKE, N.Y. - The Charlton Volunteer Fire Department
is calling for a 46-percent increase to its tax levy, following an embezzlement
The department says it's looking to increase its capital reserve
accounts, giving the department more money to replace equipment.
However, this comes after its former District Clerk and Treasurer,
Virginia DeCapria, embezzled nearly $500,000 within a five year period from the
fire district. Some of that money was supposed to go toward the fund which
would replace the fire department's equipment.
The Town Supervisor confirms that the tax hike will be
included in the town and county tax bills, which will be mailed to district
residents in January.
Homeowners News10 ABC spoke with called the tax levy
"I understand where they need help because even the fire
station is old and they've had it a long time," said homeowner Nancy Malis, "But
how to solve this problem I really don't know and if the only way to do it is
to have the taxes go up, we may just have to accept that."
Another local homeowner, Connie Hogan said she doesn't
think anyone would like to see such a large increase in taxes.
The missing funds were found after an investigation by
the State Comptroller's Office.
The district has been able to recover more than half of
that money through an insurance settlement and has since said they've changed
their accounting practices.
In May 2013, DeCapria was sentenced to three to nine
years in State Prison for Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, and a concurrent state prison term of one to three years for a charge of Tax Fraud 4th-degree.
Following her sentencing, Terry
Hannigan read a statement to the court on behalf of the Charlton Fire District. The statement detailed
how the woman's theft affected the volunteers of the Charlton Fire District,
the Board of Commissioners and ultimately all the residents and taxpayers.
Check back to News10 ABC for more updates on this story.
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