Response From Clerk-Treasurer Kern

by Staff on March 30, 2007 · 1 comment

in Local

By the way, I did receive a response from Clerk-Treasurer Mark Kern regarding the e-mail I sent to him and the mayor about the State Board of Accounts report.

I received the below e-mail from Clerk-Treasurer Kern on March 20th:

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 02:48:18 -0500
From: City of Mitchell Clerk-Treasurer
To: jeremy@mitchellnews.net
Subject: Responses to email March 15, 2007

March 20, 2007

Attn: Mr. Gaddis

I have attempted to contact you twice to request a mailing address so I may send you a response as you requested, but have not had any contact from you. I prefer to send responses to questions via mail not by email, but since I
have not had a response from you I will send this by email. Please note that any future requests will be answered by mail.

Sincerely,

Mark H. Kern

March 16, 2007

Attn: Jeremy L. Gaddis
Webmaster, Mitchell News

RE: Questions submitted March 15, 2007

The following items listed as questions were taken directly from your email dated March 15, 2007. The items listed as answers are the responses to the questions asked in your email.

Question: The city attorney received compensation in the amount of $15,000 without payroll deductions for taxes and no form W-2 or form 1099 was issued. Why is that?

Answer: No payroll taxes or deductions would have been withheld form the city attorney compensation because he is not a direct employee of the city and is responsible for filing his own taxes as part of his business. The fact that
no 1099 was issued to the city attorney was an error, and has been corrected with a 1099 being issued to him for 2006.

Question: I am required to pay taxes on the monies I earn, so why is Byron Steele seemingly exempt from this
requirement?

Answer: Byron Steele is not exempt from filing taxes on any compensation received from the city and has never received any tax exempt compensation from the city. I spoke to Mr. Steele about this matter and was advised that he has filed his taxes including any compensation received from the city.

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Question: Why is city attorney Byron Steele allowed to work for the city tax-exempt?

Answer: As discussed in the previous question Byron Steele is not exempt from filing taxes on any compensation received from the city and has never received any tax exempt compensation from the city.

Question: Did Mr. Steele receive a form 1099 for calendar year 2006?

Answer: As noted in the question above Mr. Steele was issued a 1099 for calendar year 2006.

Sincerely,

Mark H. Kern
Clerk-Treasurer

Cc: Byron Steele

Of course, Byron Steele has never responded to the e-mail I sent to him asking him about it. Go figure.

1 comments
whoosiermom
whoosiermom

Jeremy, You can bet that this little oversight was taken care of after you noticed it!

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