The commissioner said he wants copies of the sheriff's income tax forms regarding the collections, as well as income tax forms for the contract employees.
Ross also said that if the collectors are county employees who made the collections on county time, they may have violated ghost employment laws.
Both Ross and Dobson contended that the sheriff never presented a contract to the commissioners.
However, Canarecci said he has sought repeatedly to get a contract with the commissioners and even had one effort returned unsigned. Canarecci said he can't return any of the fees he has collected because he's already had to pay federal income taxes.
He promised to provide the documentation sought by the commissioners.
The sheriff said two county deputies are making the collections but added that he doesn't know if they do so on county time.
If they do, Canarecci said, dismissing any possibility of ghost employment,
it is permissible because it is a function of their jobs as county police officers.
"This is not double dipping. It's a function of their jobs," he said. Canarecci also revealed that the county police civil division also participates in the tax collections and that he receives a bonus from those efforts as well.
Although Canarecci has contended that the fees he has collected since the first of the year range from $2,000 to $6,000 a month, Dobson said he has learned that for at least one month the sheriff received $8,000.
Help me out here, but I thought the township constables were required to pay persons who serve court papers out of their own pockets because the collection fee for serving the court papers belonged to the constable. Why should it be any different for the sheriff?