towniegirl wrote:Willie, this was a hot button issue during the last election for Town Clerk. I remember candidates saying that they were going to forgo the pocketing of fees. You Willie should get your facts straight.
Mass General Law states the Town Clerks can personally keep up to .75 cents on each dog license that is issued. Our town bylaw states that followingThe Board of Selectmen shall determine certain salaries or expenses that may not be funded with this fund but must be appropriated through the usual municipal financing procedure, and such determination shall be binding on this administration of this fund by the Treasurer/Collector. The Town Clerk shall receive a fee as stipulated in Section 147 (CH.140,MGL). (Art. 21, ATM 1997)
Curently dog license fee is $15 and Town Clerk does not take a fee at all so the town receives the entire $15. Here is the article in the Patch that you must have missed.http://tewksbury.patch.com/articles/doe ... g-licenses
You must be mistaken this for the former town clerk. Dog license fee of $15 but personally collected $1.50 so the town recevied $13.50. This was blatantly violating Mass General Law which allows up to .75 cents SO in essence was stealing from the residents and the town. Keep bringing it up so the proper authorities can investigate and have the former Town Clerk pay back all the extra money she received on her monthly stipend for three years.