Temple recently requested a list of deliquent taxpayers and received 40 pages of them. The total amount owed is $10,288,423, he said during a press conference earlier today.
“This amount is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “The totals involved include amounts owed due to clerical errors and poor accounting, other mistakes, amounts that can only be explained by past dishonesty and taxes in fact that are owed.”
While he said he didn’t want to “point fingers” he said he did want to “point out this unacceptable past business practice.”
“To make myself perfectly clear, none of this amount of delinquent taxes owed to any actions of the current tax collector, Cayenne Spremullo, or her office,” he added. “Quite the contrary, they are doing everything they can to straighten out this outrageous situation.”
Priot to Spremullo taking over the office, the department was run by Karen Guillet, who is currently facing larceny and forgery charges. Guillet, of Douglas Drive in Oxford, resigned after allegations of theft surfaced in December 2009.
A three-member committee appointed by then-First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers found that $671,768 appeared to have been taken by Guillet between July 2003 and December 2009.
Guillet was arrested last November.