Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/15/2010 06:05:47 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council voted unanimously to release the results of its closed session meeting about years of unpaid taxes by city employees, concluding that requiring them to refile taxes for the last three years would satisfy its legal obligation.

Members of Grand Terrace’s City Council and Planning Commission had not reported their city stipends as pay since the city was incorporated in 1978, despite Internal Revenue Service requirements. City staff began investigating the issue when Councilman Walt Stanckiewitz asked about it during 2010 tax season.

The city attorney said in an e-mail that the closed session was labeled on the agenda as addressing potential litigation, which is an area exempt from the Brown Act’s usual requirement that government meetings be open to the public.

Others criticized the decision to meet privately on an issue that would affect others.

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