NEW CASTLE —
Rapone is upset because DeGruttola never told him he could not accommodate the new dates, nor did he tell him about the machinery breakdown, he said.
“Not once did he tell me, ‘You know Richard, these snags are pushing us up against a wall and we’re not going to be able to produce your tax bills when you need them to be produced.’”
Rapone had told DeGruttola the tax bills could not go out as long as his employees weren’t properly trained by EST, but “we told them last Tuesday, Feb. 26, that it was OK to mail them,” he said.
“My issue also is that he circumvented informing me of the (machinery) breakdown,” Rapone said, adding that a D&H employee had told his deputy all the bills were being mailed out.
“You don’t omit that 3,000 or 4,000 are still sitting in your office,” he said. “There was no sidebar they were having problems with the machine. I had a right to know that.”
Although DeGruttola told the New Castle News about 3,000 to 4,000 had not been sent, Rapone said that as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, he still did not know exactly how many tax bills had not been mailed.