By Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Some taxpayers who sought help from a county department in Omaha have learned they wasted their trips downtown, because the offices had closed down for a staff party.

Omaha television station WOWT reports ( ) that the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds offices were closed to the public Wednesday afternoon. A big sign on one office window noted the closure but didn’t mention the holiday and staff recognition party underway in a Civic Center conference room.

Diane Battiato (bah-tee-AH’-toh) is the assessor/register of deeds, and she told the station that no taxpayer money was used for the food and gifts and said workers used compensatory or vacation time for the four-hour event.

She says she regretted the inconvenience to people who didn’t have notice about the closure.


Information from: WOWT-TV,

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