However two of the witnesses, Wiscasset Newspaper reporter Charlotte Boynton and Westport Island Tax Collector and Treasurer, Susan Partelow, were both out of state at the time.
...Susan Partelow, the town's tax collector, treasurer and administrative assistant, testified about what she had seen in relation to the tax exemption request. Partelow
was asked by Richardson "to go on line and find the longest, most complicated tax exemption form I could find." Partelow
said when she
asked Richardson why, he
spies had told him the McNamaras were going to apply for a tax exempt status.This was a year before the tax exempt application was made, she
The application she
found was from the city of Waterville, which she
said was three or four pages long.
"George said he
wasn't going to grant the tax exempt status because it would set a precedent, and other people would move to the island because of it," she
"Shortly after I downloaded the form," Partelow
didn't like the Barretts and people with money because they always got their way," she
Naegle asked Partelow
had ever been to a social event at the Barretts.She
had not.He also asked her if she is a member of a taxpayers' group. Partelow said she is a member of several organizations in town, including the Westport Island Citizens Information Committee.
"Do you recall telling Susan Partelow
that you were going to deny the application?"