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Gabe Faimon | Reporter

BURLINGAME—Burlingame City Clerk Patti Gilbert was suspended, with pay, following notification to the city from the Kansas Department of Revenue and a related special meeting.

The special meeting was conducted April 24 with a single executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Following the executive session, the council adopted a motion to suspend Gilbert for a job performance issue, effective immediately, for a period of two weeks.

In a follow up interview with Burlingame Mayor Mike Dorr, he said he had received a letter from the state around April 18. Dorr discussed the letter with Gilbert on April 22, and the special meeting was held two days later.
In a telephone interview with Gilbert, she stated she did not study the letter, but noted that it was from the Kansas Department of Revenue and referred to “a couple of compensating use issues.”

KDOR defines compensating use tax as a tax paid on merchandise purchased from other states and used, stored or consumed in Kansas.
“There’s an audit being done right now, that is with the state of Kansas,” Dorr said. “The state of Kansas called to do the audit. They called me. They came in on their own.”

He said the call came in after the April 15 council meeting. Dorr said no one had been officially designated to act in the capacity of city clerk during Gilbert’s suspension.

Gilbert has been employed by the city of Burlingame for approximately eight years.

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