Claims “political retribution” for department’s budget cuts
It really didn’t come as any surprise to read in today’s copy of the Daily Herald that Avon Township Assessor Chris Ditton took the initiative to sue the Avon Township Supervisor and four Trustees over cuts being made to his department. As it has been reported here in the past, Assessor Ditton is a regular no-show at the Township meetings, including the most recent one where he had yet another opportunity to make his case before the final vote. There was even a frustrated audience member who had questions to ask him about his budget but found her efforts to be in vain.
According to the article, Assessor Ditton is basing his federal lawsuit on ‘political retribution” although it was pointed out that he ran on the same ticket as the Supervisor and two of the four trustees. This years budget was developed from a zero-base rather than starting with the existing budget and tacking on or removing items. Each area of the budget was reviewed and funds were then allocated as deemed appropriate with the anticipated available funds, according to comments made at the meetings. The assessors office was not the only area that saw some drastic reductions. When asked at the only meeting that Assessor Ditton attended recently about his comparison figures with other districts, he was unable to give specific details. His current budget is $242,450 and the approved budget for his department for 2014-2015 is $227,000. His lawsuit will probably end up costing taxpayers more than the $15,000 difference, but what else is new!
A hearing on the suit is scheduled for today.