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January 28, 2013

New Albany bicentennial board to use private bookkeeper

Records and expenditures questioned for 2012 event



In November, two administration members — Economic Development Director David Duggins and City Attorney Stan Robison — attended the meeting where the bookkeeping process was approved. 

Officials said Duggins suggested Zoller have her own account for the Living History Committee. 

Gahan stood by his past appointment to the commission Friday. 

“I would just like to express my appreciation to the entire bicentennial committee. I’m not concerned about any wrongdoing of any of the members,” he said. “Barbara Zoller and many others have chosen to fund these activities with their own money and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication.” 

Zoller said she welcomes the idea of a private company handling the bookkeeping, and added that such a method should have been implemented from the onset of the commission. 

“I’ve always thought that’s what we should do because now we’re dealing with such large amounts of money, and there’s so many [nonprofit] rules that have to be followed,” Zoller said. 

All those interviewed for the story said there main priority was to see that the city’s 2013 celebration is remembered for the right reasons. 

“Nobody took anything or intended to take anything,” Caesar said.

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