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Cecil Whig - - & -

To the con­vic­tions levied against Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney El­lis Rollins III, who now awaits sen­tenc­ing af­ter a long six months of pre­par­ing for the case that con­cluded last Fri­day. Four Penn­syl­va­nia women tes­ti­fied that, from their ad­ja­cent ho­tel, they wit­nessed Rollins sug­ges­tively dance naked and mas­tur­bate di­rectly in front of the slid­ing glass door of his high-rise Ocean City ho­tel on sev­eral oc­ca­sions while he was at­tend­ing the Mary­land State’s At­tor­neys As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion. The fall­out has un­doubt­edly dis­tressed life and work in his of­fice af­ter he re­cused him­self from prose­cut­ing while the case was pend­ing. The em­bar­rass­ing and now crim­i­nal episode shines an­other un­flat­ter­ing light on the Ce­cil County com­mu­nity to a re­gional au­di­ence.

To the re­tire­ment of long­time Ce­cil Whig reporter Ch­eryl Mat­tix, who will leave full-time work at the end of the year. Mat­tix has re­ported for the Whig and its sis­ter pub­li­ca­tions for nearly 32 years and while we sup­port her in her new en­deav­ors, we can­not help but add our sad­ness in her de­par­ture. It is soft­ened by her choice to stay in­volved through con­tin­u­ing to write her weekly “Mat­tix on Mat­ters” col­umn, but we’ll surely miss see­ing her in our news­room each day. Mat­tix has been a foun­da­tion who many have at­tached them­selves to through decades of changes at the Whig. She’s un­ques­tion­ably been a men­tor to scores of jour­nal­ists who have penned its pages. So to Ch­eryl, we of­fer our ev­er­last­ing grat­i­tude.

To the news that the er­rors from the Mary­land Comptroller Of­fice’s lo­cal in­come tax pay­ments between 2010 and 2014 re­sulted in a more than $340,000 debt for North East. The town’s di­rec­tor of fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion said the to­tal is equat­able to al­most an en­tire year’s in­come tax rev­enue for the town. The statewide er­ror came to light af­ter sev­eral spe­cial tax­ing dis­tricts in var­i­ous coun­ties be­gan to re­al­ize they were not get­ting their fair share of in­come tax rev­enue. An au­dit then re­vealed that while the state col­lected the right amount of money from tax­pay­ers, tax­pay­ers were not al­ways clas­si­fied in the proper tax­ing dis­tricts. The prob­lem stems from mis­in­formed res­i­dents who filed with the wrong info and was com­pounded over the years with­out nec­es­sary over­sights. The only good news in the mess is that re­pay­ments of the money don’t have to start un­til 2024, with one-tenth of that to­tal amount taken ev­ery year, but it likely means the town can ex­pect leaner years in the late 2020s.

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