Press Release Ohio Auditor of State

Findings for Recovery of $1,141 Issued Against Fiscal Officer of Adams Township in Muskingum County over Late Tax Payments

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

COLUMBUS – A finding for recovery of $1,141 was issued Tuesday against the fiscal officer for Adams Township in Muskingum County over penalties that resulted from late tax remittances.

Andrew Spiker and his bonding company are jointly and severally liable for penalties and interest charges for unpaid taxes in 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

Auditors noted, “The penalties and interest charges paid by the township serve no proper public purpose and could have been avoided had the funds been remitted as required by law.”

The finding was included in an audit of Adams Township’s finances from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022.

A copy of the full audit report is available online (ohioauditor.gov/auditsearch/search.aspx).


The Auditor of State’s Office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates, and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.

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