In October the Whitehall Board of Commissioners voted 5-1 to request an IRS investigation of the Whitehall-Coplay Sewer Authority. There has been many questions about potentially improper spending patterns by authority members. To the commissioners credit, they have been vigilant about establishing concrete guidelines for the authority to handle expenses. In the past, authority members have spent taxpayers money on golf outings, travel expenses and dinners. On this issue, I’m in agreement on the way the commissioners have responded.
However, Commissioner Kern was the sole dissenting vote on the issue. He argued that the cost of an IRS investigation was not justified by the “small amount of money in question.” Keep in mind that a month and a half later, Kern cast the deciding vote to raise taxes in the township.
Perhaps there was more to Kern’s vote against an IRS investigation. His justification is vague and his voting record indicates that he has supported putting money towards other far less significant projects and issues.
CACK wants to know what all of Kern’s reasons were for voting against an investigation of the sewer authority.
This is one question we will ask again and again during the campaign until we have an answer. The residents deserve to know not just how their commissioners are voting, but why.