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Controller loses another legal battle

Published November 10. 2010 05:00PM

Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner lost another court battle with the county commissioners as another appeal she had filed in the ongoing dispute was rejected by a state court.

The Commonwealth Court dimissed her appeal from the order of County Judge Charles M. Miller, who ordered her to complete the annual report a controller's office files with the county court and state Department of Community and Economic Development. The higher court dismissed her appeal with a one page order ruling the appeal was dismissed for her failure to comply with a defect correction notice of October 4 issued by Judge Miller.

Judge D. Michael Stine earlier denied granting her an extension to file the audit report. Since her appeal, Kantner did file both reports which were prepared for her by the Maillie, Falconvero and Company, of Oaks, Montgomery County, a certified public accountant and business counsellor.

Kantner still has an action pending against the Schuylkill County Salary Board for deleting an auditor's position in her office. This suit is to be tried before an out-of-county Senior Judge Joseph H. Kleinfelter, of Dauphin County, in December in the county court.

Reportedly, there is a settlement of the dispute in the works.

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