- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Ravalli County is issuing checks to towns, fire districts, libraries and other entities that haven’t received any tax payments since September due to a backlog in the treasurer’s office.

The finance department issued between $1.5 and $2 million in checks on Tuesday, a day after the county commission held an emergency meeting and decided to bring in state Department of Administration staff to provide guidance to treasurer Valerie Stamey.

Chief financial officer Klarryse Murphy says normally the finance office can’t assist the treasurer’s office because the offices are supposed to be separate. Commissioners decided after Monday’s meeting to have Murphy’s office review the amounts that should go to each entity and write checks.

Stamey was appointed treasurer in September. Since then, three of the office’s most experienced employees left, questioning Stamey’s ability to do the work.

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