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Town of Ellicott Supervisor Patrick Tyler could be hit with criminal charges for failing to file a final 1996 budget report with the state, a political rival claimed Monday.

Frances Morgan, a former supervisor and Republican candidate for the post again, said the report should have been done months ago, and said the Democratic incumbent used flawed numbers in the tentative 1998 budget.

"He could be charged with a misdemeanor, as the state has already sent a letter to all the Town Board members," she said.

"The annual report for 1996 should have been done at least by the end of April. It still has not been filed, and without those figures you don't have any fund balance to work from, so how do you know you've met your budget for 1997. The figures for 1998 can't be trusted, and even if they are right he is projecting a 10-percent tax increase," she added.

Tyler downplayed the problem.

"We are working with a state auditor to get the books in order. We are within $700, and once the posting is finished it will be sent to the state," he said.

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