Franey also pointed out that he requested the state Revenue Department report on the town’s financial practices in the first place and said he wants to see the committee’s work go on. O’Donnell also said he wants an audit committee to continue.
“The intent is to reinstate the committee but do it correctly,” O’Donnell said. He said the committee should deal with practical issues such as whether the treasurer’s staffing level is correct and what systems the department needs. “Give him [Franey] the resources he needs,” he said.
O’Donnell also turned the charge of “politics” on opponents, arguing that criticism of his conduct as a selectman and Franey’s performance as treasurer is politically motivated by those who back other candidates.
“This is a small town and small town politics,” O’Donnell said. “They’re out to discredit other people.”
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