The Orangetown Town Council claimed Rockland County still owes the town half of the money owed for the police department's participation in the county Narcotics Task force and Intelligence Unit.
That was part of a resolution passed by the town council Thursday night. The town would remove its officers from the two county units if the county did not pay the money owed and formalize an agreement for 2012.
One small problem. The county had already paid Orangetown the money it was owed for 2011.
Orangetown Director of Finance Charlie Richardson discovered the error Friday. He said the check had been deposited into the wrong account.
"There was an error in the information we got from finance. It’s very unfortunate and disappointing that that one particular fact was incorrect," Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said. "We strive every day to get the best information to the public. Frankly, it’s disappointing and upsetting that we didn’t have that one right."
Stewart said this does not change the resolution, which is primarily focused on formalizing the agreement for 2012 and going forward.
"No, it doesn't change the basis of the resolution," Stewart said. "The problem is compensation for 2012 and whether or not we should continue the program in absence of a real commitment from the county."
More details on the resolution can be found here.