Tracking Taxpayers’ Money in Tyrone

Now that Tyrone’s proposed 2008-2009 budget is on the web along with the 2007-2008 adopted budget, anyone with common sense or business experience can pin down the $43,103 paid to employees Barry Amos & Valerie Fowler in 2007.

The Facts:

1. Barry’s 2007 salary was $93,404. He received total compensation for $113,622. The difference of $20,219 is the figure we need to break down.

2. Valerie’s 2007 salary was $64,499. She received $87,383 salary. The difference is $22,884 to break down.

3. The total paid to both employees above their salary was $43,103.

4. Issue: For what purpose was this money paid?

5. It wasn’t paid for accrued annual/vacation benefits as Valerie said, because the pay plan only allows accrued leave to be paid upon resignation or termination.

6. At the time Valerie authorized checks in November 2007; she & Barry were both still employed.

7. Over-time/comp pay for administrative personnel is paid at the daily salary rate.

8. Valerie’s daily salary rate is $248.00 or $31.00 per hour.

9. Barry’s daily salary rate is $359.00 or $44.90 per hour.

10. An administrative employee may only accrue a maximum of 80 hours of overtime/compensatory time.

11. For Valerie the maximum overtime/comp time would be 80 hours x $31.00 per hour equals $2,480 maximum.

12. Valerie paid herself $22,884 less $2,480 allowed equals $20,404 over payment.

13. Barry maximum overtime/comp time would be 80 hours x $44.90 per hour equals $3,592.

14. Barry was over paid $20,219 less $3,592 equals $16,627 maximum.

15. Neither Barry nor Valerie had accrued 80 overtime hours.


Barry and Valerie paid themselves more than $37,000 not allowed of taxpayers money. The exact amount can be calculated by examining the required bi-weekly hours turned in on time sheets.

Town Officials have said that the Town lawyer was instructed to look into the legality of these overpayments. Don’t hold your breath on this.

What are the possible legalities?

1. Mistake - If you’re on jury are you going to buy this excuse from a 20 year employee in charge of issuing checks and keeping records?

2. Conspiracy to defraud a government - Theft of government property which is under the control of an employee or official in his or her official capacity. 1-5 years in prison. O.C.G.A.§16-10-21.

3. Theft by conversion - a government official or employee who takes public funds for his own use in violation of legal obligations or breach of duties. If more than $500 it’s a felony. 1-15 years in prison. O.C.G.A. § 16-18-12.

4. Abuse of governmental office - Termination of a government official does not relieve the party from prosecution.

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Submitted by Shaquita on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 10:10pm.

For many months you and your fellow blogger constantly blogged about ordinance 454 and how unfair it was to the businesses in Tyrone. Now it is a fact that issue has fallen off both your radar screens and you are singularly focused on two former employees. Why? Did the council hold another secret meeting and vote to pay you off? In January this council started the year with about $2,000,000 in a rainy day fund, did they use that money to pay you and then had to cut the budget because it was all gone? Are you blogging under Grace Caldwell’s direction? What happened to your crusade against ordinance 454?

Submitted by Margot on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 12:41pm.

It's still going on Shaquita. In fact some bigtime citizens are going to have a meeting next week about the zoning ordinance.

With regards to your other questions/accusations, where did you get that stupid ideas?

Don't ask anymore ridiculous questions nor insult my intelligence. You're a waste of oxygen.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 9:43pm.

Question: the recently discussed 5K paid to Post and Associates to audit the Tyrone books selectively...when did this happen? Was this before recent events or years ago? I ask because Post and Associates used to be the auditors for the town for the period of time mentioned as having been "re-audited", and it would seem kind of stupid to hire them to audit basically their own previous audits for glaring problems. What are they going to say..."yeah, we totally missed these obvious problems, but now we see them?"

Whatever happened to the forensic audit that they approved? Simply unfunded and no one selected at this point or are they hoping that a giant problem will leap in front of their faces that they recognize and they won't have to pay a professional auditor?

Submitted by Margot on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 12:42pm.

Good question. But I don't know the answer. I wondered that myself.

Submitted by rm.snell on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 6:20pm.

Last time we saw Margot she was stomping her way up the aisle after the council told Tyrone Confidential no. She appeared to be in a bit of a snit. You see, right or wrong about their information, both parties hate Valerie and Barry and blame the ordinances that hurt TC on those two people. They seem to forget that the current council and mayor shot them down or that donated money in hopes of repealing an ordinance was a waste of their checkbook.
The wheels of justice grind slowly. It took the ethics board at least 6 month to deny claims made against the mayor et al.. If the claims of theft are correct then the DA will address them. What ever happens I am sure we will see Margot and TC in the front of the crowd screaming "Off with their heads". Smiling

Submitted by Margot on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:03pm.

Sorry to disappoint you. I am not the Margot you’re describing. Yes I know Tyrone Confidential and TC’ s you so called “ Enforcer”. Thanks to them, and many others we found out all your stinky crap.

Now, It seems that you’ve been called out for a confrontation before, I think that yellow streak on your back needs medical attention. Or is it humiliating you.

Since most of us know who’s Tyrone Confidential, could you please have some courage to identify yourself especially when you are attacking them personally?

We’re sorry that you are still smarting from the Election Committee decision. Have you made any discount coupons for Pres of the U.S.?

Submitted by rm.snell on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:31pm.

You are demanding me to do something that you have not done. Seems a little critical to say I have a yellow streak for not telling you who I am. I believe Muddle suffered from revealing himself recently and I do not intend to suffer from the same treatment.
I am pointing out to TC that he is overzealous about the infair treatment he received from two people that got what he wanted. He was one of many that asked everyone to sign the petition to get rid of Barry and Valerie. He won. He did not win against the people he thought would go his was with the ordinance change. His pal, the mayor, sold him out. His pals, Grace and Gloria, did not stand behind his plight. I think, not known for a fact, that Gloria and Grace told him that with the new council he would get his changes. When it came time to stand behind a promise from many it was not delivered to TC.

Submitted by Margot on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 12:35pm.

Whatever you say Chip.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 7:18pm.

I think you are very incorrect, I know you are still realing from the ethics board not doing what you wanted...but...

The person in question didn't donate money to get the law repealed...these guys were crawling all over themselves saying the law was much so that the 'forum' was all about it.

I don't know what happened in the breakdown, but I don't think this
'taxpayer ''''paid''''them to repeale the law....since this person has a legal background...I would be very afraid to say what you are saying right now.

Submitted by rm.snell on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 7:47pm.

You are emotionally freaking out. You were one of the people that asked for Barry and Valerie's W2. I do not think you know who's side to be on sometimes. Do you ever feel like puppet? Your two best friends, Grace and Glo, will hang you out to dry if it is not in their best interest. Be careful.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:16pm.

sometimes, used? sometimes... but this is my feeling...if you took money from the town that you weren't suppose took my money...what is so hard about that? If this is clarfied, I think a lot of us will feel better...what is wrong with you? You give the impression that all should go under the rug...I can assure you....we won't let it...Now ....what is so hard for you to understand about that?

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 7:21pm.

I thunk you should be out putting up signs or doing what ever for your other half...that is the last vestige of public paid salary for you guys.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 7:01pm.

you are a moron...You didn't see Tyrone Confidential stomp up....It took the ethics board 6 months because claims of politicians doing bad is long and you have to get in line.....the difference here is that these were....PAID...TOWN EMPLOYEES....I wonder how much some of the old council knew of this....and if so, what was there not doing something about it.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:21am.

you seem to lay it out there pretty straight foward.

Submitted by thenatural on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 9:22am.


You have done a good job of recap on this issue. However, I am amused by your comment about the town attorney. Would you rather they dive head first into this issue without getting their ducks in a row and making sure that our illustrious DA has all he needs to prosecute?

If you had gone to law school I am sure your professors would have reminded you that the wheel of justice does not spin, it grinds. Let's make sure that all the "i's" are dotted and "t's" are crossed so that Scotty can make it stick. We don't want to give him any reason to have to plead this out.

It has taken 3 years to prosecute a murderer in Fulton County and they have him on VIDEO! You want someone put in jail a month after the malfeasence (legal term) is identified. Let's relax and let the system work.

Submitted by Margot on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 3:15pm.

Thank you.

The evidence on B & V is already confirmed. “Davenport” will do nothing. Tyrone lawyers serve to protect the government not the citizens. That's what a previous Tyrone attorney told us. They always come up with smoke and mirrors legal opinions. Also, they drag out lawsuits until the complainant runs out of money, while the taxpayer pays the Town lawyer’s fees plus their own. What Tyrone needs is two lawyers, one for the citizens and one for the government. Then the wheels of justice will spin. If you want some more evidence, Tyrone Confidential got plenty of it.

Submitted by thenatural on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 4:04pm.


My original point went over your head.

"That is what a previous Tyrone attorney told us". What did you expect to hear from someone who got displaced? Consider the source.
"Smoke and mirrors legal opinions" would be based on your personal knowledge or this other unbiased source? "They drag out lawsuits until the complaintant runs out of money?" You have proof of the statement or are you just relying on your lawyer buddy?

Do you always do the ax grinding for someone else? Somebody has sold you a bill of goods with unreasonable expectations. What do you expect to happen at this point? Would you like to see the town attorney handcuff Barry and have him do the "perp walk" in to the County jail? That is not his job and it is too soon to expect action. You need keep your expectations in check. Give the process time to work.

Submitted by Margot on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 5:25pm.

Here’s just a hint of evidence. Your 2007-2008 Budget allotted only $2,000 for administrative Dept overtime. Do you think it’s irresponsible to over-draw that small amount by $35,000? What do think? Give me a logical answer instead of flipping wild responses out of the air, and what evidence do you have that the withdrawals were legal?

Yep, got plenty of proof. But you don’t care. Don’t ask anymore ridiculous questions. You don’t like the answers.

I don’t expect Davenport to handcuff Barry & drag him with chains shackled, but since you’re the one with a wild expectation, hey! That’s a good idea.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 5:18pm.

Margot has legal background. It has taken years for something like this to float to the top, even though a lot of people thought things were questionable. Yes, the wheels of justice grind slowly, no doubt. And I'm sure they are trying to proceed with caution, but really, we Tyroneoness, would like to bring back the guillotine.

Margot is not alone in wanting to see the 'perp walk' done, if what appears to have happened is correct. People in Tyrone have long been angry of Barney and Thelma Lou, and it irked them to pay them a if it comes out we have paid the thousands over their bloated salary....I guess we all want to see heads rolling.

Submitted by Margot on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 5:31pm.

That's really wild!.. Lol..

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