Spring-Ford finds ‘stack of uncashed checks' tied to former tax collector

LIMERICK – The Spring-Ford Area School Board’s “aggravation” with a former tax collector continues.

Recently, a “stack of uncashed checks” tied to Beverly Nohl’s tenure as Upper Providence tax collector were discovered. Because of the age of the checks, the district will be asking the taxpayers who sent those checks to mail new ones.

“Through the Montgomery County Controller’s Office audit, I believe they found a stack of uncashed checks, and we did a cross-reference of those uncashed checks to the report of [those reported] delinquent,” said Spring-Ford Area School Board Vice President Tom DiBello at Monday night’s meeting.

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DiBello said a letter is being drafted which will go out to those whose checks were discovered asking them to resubmit a new one “since the uncashed check might be several months — up to six, eight months or more — [old].”

With more than 100 checks discovered, the school board indicated that they match up with the amount of liens previously reported.

They amount to “no more than $125,000,” according to Spring-Ford Business Manager Timothy Anspach.

Anspach said there are also some duplicate checks found in that stack.

All of those checks date to Nohl’s time as Upper Providence’s tax collector, DiBello said. Since early last year, the board has expressed its displeasure with her performance, which they said included errors and issues with timeliness.

“Hopefully we’re within a few months of being beyond all this aggravation,” DiBello, head of the finance committee, told the board.

As far as his own staff, Anspach believes more than 200 hours of work have gone into trying to straighten out issues with Nohl, who was replaced by former school board member Julie Mullin at the beginning of 2014. Mullin ran unopposed in last fall’s election.

Time has also been spent by the district’s solicitor firm and the Montgomery County Controller’s office to rectify the numbers.

“In all likelihood, resources expended from [Anspach’s] office and from our office would likely be beyond what’s reimbursable given the current agreement you have with the bond company,” said Board Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald Tuesday.

Board President Joe Ciresi asked whether the district could take legal action against Nohl for compensation.

“Frankly, I don’t see it,” said Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald. “I think you’d be going after nothing.”

Fitzgerald said the district is looking for potential reimbursement from the surety bond posted by Nohl upon her 2009 entrance into the position as Upper Providence tax collector.

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