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September 25, 2013

Town manager calls on citizens group to refute accusations

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In the Valley Patriot article, the sisters are quoted frequently, claiming the town bled them “dry” with fees and illegal betterment charges, lied in court, and filed to take their property for back taxes as retribution for the lawsuits.

“This article portrays the Tomasells as innocent victims of some sort of conspiracy by the town that will soon result in the loss of their property for non-payment of taxes,” Harrington said Monday night. “I would like the public to know that the article is replete with inaccuracies, false statements and outrageous charges against the town, printed as gospel without even the courtesy of a phone call having been made in advance to me . . .to check on the accuracy of the Tomaselli’s claims.”

In the article, the sisters call the betterment fees fake, because grants paid for the total cost of the project, something Harrington said was “the most outrageous charge.” He added town officials never lied in testimony at court hearings.

And the reason the town moved to take their property for taxes was not retribution, Harrington said.

“. . . the Tomasellis haven’t paid a cent to the town in property tax in over a decade,” Harrington said, “which is the real reason the town has moved to take their property.”

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