Mount Vernon mayor accuses comptroller of not paying city billsPosted: Updated:
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is accusing Comptroller Deborah Reynolds of not paying the city's bills.
Thomas insists the city has at least $1 million in unpaid bills that Reynolds has refused to pay. He says because of her inaction, a truck that the Department of Public Works used to fix street lights was repossessed.
The mayor also accused Reynolds of not cutting checks to city employees, including the planning commissioner and the city engineer and three fire inspectors, which he insists is putting residents in real danger.
Reynolds says Thomas is a liar, that there are not $1 million in unpaid bills, and if there are any bills that are late, it's because the mayor refuses to sign the checks so she can send them out.
Reynolds says she believes the mayor is attacking her to distract the public from his criminal case, which is now in the courts.
Thomas says he's considering calling for a change to the city's charter so that the comptroller's office could be abolished. He does admit that he doesn't have the authority to do it alone.