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District Will Ask Employees to Return Money

The Greenfield School District will look to recoup more than $25,000 from employees that should have been withheld from their paychecks in 2011, the Greenfield School Board was told Monday.

The Greenfield School District will ask employees to pay back more than $25,000 that should have been withheld from paychecks in 2011, the Greenfield School Board learned Monday.

A change in state law in 2011 that made it illegal for employers to contribute to the Wisconsin Retirement System on behalf of their employees resulted in the withholding mistake.

According to a tax lawyer who addressed the board Monday, the “under withholding” issue inadvertently occurred for four quarters, starting in August 2011. The district paid the withholding difference for the last two quarters of 2011; employees paid it during the first two quarters of 2012.

The district will ask employees to return the equivalent of 1.6 percent of the payroll spending, or roughly $70-100 per employee.

“It’s taxpayer money and we want to recoup that money, at least I do,” School Board president Bruce Bailey said. “It is taxpayer money that was under-withheld. … We need that money back.”

Employees who are still with the district will be able to work out how the money is remitted during upcoming pay periods. Employees not part of the district will be asked to return the money.

John Seymour August 22, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Are you kidding me? Another screw up? This is getting old. Again, it's not the money...it should be paid back, but why is someone getting paid 125,000 plus to keep track of this and then screws it up? Another sign that all of CO should go.
Jake August 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Here Here... It's amazing how many of these over paid incompetents are in government jobs. They would never last in the private sector.
robert heule August 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Another problem caused by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10
Jake August 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Incompetency caused Act 10. Let them get a job in the real world of "You screwup, you're out the door" and see how far they go..
Greg August 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
It will probably cost more to collect the money, write it off.
GreenfieldParent September 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM
How does that happen? Were I the Business Manager or Superintendant, I'd be embarassed. If I were the School Board, I'd want answers.

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