A change was needed to be made in the Village of Newcomerstown annual audit report recently issued by Mary Taylor, auditor of the state.

The discrepancy in the state auditor's report was regarding a $1,256 finding for recovery against Kim Lyons, a former Newcomerstown village employee for nearly 20 years.

According to the audit, "Lyons was paid for days not worked that were not charged against her accrued vacation or other paid leave. There are no approval leave slips to support her time off from work, and she received her salary for those days. Also, during 2009, Ms. Lyons was paid for 8 hours on a day that fell under the 'Inclement Weather' section" of the personnel policy manual.

"She did not come into work, but was paid for the day without a corresponding deduction from her vacation hours," the audit states.

" . . . a Finding for Recovery for public monies illegally expended is hereby issued against Kim Lyons, former Income Tax Administrator and CNA Surety, her bonding company, jointly and severally, in the amount of $1,256 and in favor of the Village's General Fund."

On Dec. 1, 2010, the Village deposited $1,256 into their general checking account from a check prepared by Lyons, dated for Nov. 23, 2010.

Lyons served as the village's income tax administrator from September 1997 to February 2010; which is a salaried position.

In written reports, Lyons said she was given verbal permission by her then supervisor Tom Cinefro, village fiscal officer, to make up those hours, which she did. However, no written permission was granted.

"This officially closes the books" for 2009, Newcomerstown Mayor Steve Guy said, and "it's done now."