In a recent development, the Lancaster County Commissioners have voted in favor of joining a civil suit against East Lampeter Township Tax Collector, Jeffrey Cutler. The decision came after hearing from the County Treasurer, Controller, and Cutler himself during a meeting. Cutler, who believes there is a conspiracy against him, alleges that he is being targeted due to his Jewish heritage and that the county has hindered his ability to perform his job properly. This article provides an in-depth analysis of the situation, highlighting the key points from the Youtube transcript.
County Allegations and Auditing
Since winning the election in 2014 as a write-in candidate, Cutler has faced scrutiny from the County. The county claims to have audited him regularly throughout his term and has discovered several issues. One recurring problem is that some residents have either double-paid their taxes or have been sent to tax claims by mistake. These errors have caused frustration among taxpayers and have raised concerns about Cutler’s effectiveness as a tax collector.
During the meeting, Cutler expressed his belief that there is a conspiracy against him. He claims that the County has intentionally denied him access and resources needed to perform his job properly. Cutler feels that his Jewish heritage plays a role in this alleged discrimination. However, the County denies these allegations, stating that it has been conducting audits and addressing issues that have arisen since Cutler took office.
The Check Controversy
Cutler’s attempt to pay the County more than $221,000 was met with refusal. He claims that he wanted to give the County extra money, but they rejected his check. The County Treasurer asserts that Cutler is the only tax collector who believes he can simply give checks without proper validation, proof, or understanding of the source of the funds. This controversy further adds to the ongoing dispute between Cutler and the County.
Impact on Cutler’s Term
Cutler’s term as the East Lampeter Township Tax Collector is set to run through the end of the year. Despite the mounting pressure and the County’s attempts to remove him from his position, Cutler remains defiant. He stated that he would have to be physically forced to quit his job, emphasizing his determination to fight the allegations against him. The case will continue in court, where further legal action will be taken to address the ongoing dispute.
In summary, the Lancaster County Commissioners have taken steps to join a civil suit against East Lampeter Township Tax Collector, Jeffrey Cutler, following allegations of misconduct and poor performance in his role. Cutler, who maintains that he is being targeted due to his Jewish heritage, claims that the County has hindered his ability to do his job effectively. The County, on the other hand, alleges numerous errors during Cutler’s tenure and states that he is the only tax collector refusing to provide proper validation for his payments. The situation remains unresolved, and legal actions will continue in court.