Update on tax billing problems in North Glengarry

The North Glengarry Township office in Alexandria, Ont. on June 3, 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

ALEXANDRIA – The Township of North Glengarry says nearly two-thirds of the tax accounts with billing problems have been cleared up.

CAO Daniel Gagnon told council last night (Monday), 374 of the 551 problem accounts have been corrected.

It’s a big jump from March when only 111 accounts were rectified.

The remaining accounts are being reviewed by the auditing firm Deloitte, which was hired in March after the township realized the massive amount and complexity of problems with taxpayer accounts.

Deloitte is handling the final files due to their complexity.

Mayor Chris MacDonell said “council is focused on ensuring that all corrections to accounts are done as equitably, quickly and transparently as possible.”

MacDonell hopes to have the process wrapped up this summer.

In the meantime, Deliotte has been doing a forensic audit and collecting data for an investigation into the root cause of the discrepancies.

Taxpayers started complaining about their interim bills in February because there was interest calculated on balances in arrears — balances the ratepayers insisted were already paid in full, on time.

In March, CAO Gagnon told council he suspected there may have been some element of fraud.