Overdue Seymour audit still not done
  Patrick Whittle, Register Staff       August 04, 2000

SEYMOUR — The overdue special audit of the town’s finances has been pushed back until at least next week, First Selectman Scott Barton said Thursday

The Board of Finance hired Checkers International Inc. in January to investigate Seymour’s finances after learning the town had a $186,000 deficit and faced a potential $3.5 million shortfall.  The report was expected to be completed in April. 

Barton said he hopes the report will be in his hands next week, although he began this week optimistic that he would have it sooner. 

Checkers is a Fairfield-based company staffed mostly by former FBI agents. Brendan Fisk, the company’s founder and president, was an FBI agent for 23 years and was a counterintelligence coordinator for the FBI’s Connecticut office. 

Fisk was not available for comment Thursday.  Fisk has offered little comment over the past few months on the status of the report, only saying that it is nearing completion. 

"They’re not evasive, they just don’t want to make promises they can’t keep," Barton said, adding that expecting the report to be ready in April was overly optimistic. 

Barton cited the high volume of information, delays in scheduling of interviews and the need for accuracy as potential reasons for the report’s lateness. 

The Checkers report is expected to shed light on several town fiscal matters, including the reasons behind the Water Pollution Control Authority’s $400,000 deficit

Town officials have cited factors including the failure to send some sewer bills and a glitch in tax collection software as causes for the debt. Several steps have been taken to head off the deficit, including imposing a special tax and making midyear cuts. (again)