LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Although I am not a resident of Elk Rapids, I read about the overpayment of a significant amount of taxpayer monies to Elk Rapids City Leaders and employees. After reading the 96-page report which I assume the city paid a legal firm to submit, I find it difficult to determine “who is in charge?” I understand that mistakes can happen. What is difficult to understand is when the mistaken overpayment was made, why did “the person in charge” not immediately meet or communicate with the recipients to inform them of the overpayment and a plan for the city to recover the funds. This could be done by employees paying back overpayment or city reducing future payroll checks until overpayment is completed. This whole issue points out a lack of leadership. Elk Rapids is a great small town and has great people. I wonder why this issue was not immediately taken care of. A mistake was made and needed to be corrected. The recipients should have paid the overpayment back. The leaders failed to lead. The taxpayers should not have to bear the burden of a mistake, which could have been resolved by good leadership and timely communication.
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