Questions are swirling about how often Charleston County Auditor Peggy Moseley goes to work at her $91,000-a-year job.
And there is still no clear date when the county's tax bills will hit the mail.
County Councilman Elliott Summey said Moseley is neglecting her duties and risking financial problems for the county and other local governments.
Moseley fired back that Summey knows little, if anything, about her office's work. "I don't know anybody who works any harder than I do," she said.
County Council discussed the tax bill delays this week, and County Administrator Allen O'Neal had staff hand-deliver letters to Moseley's home and office Friday asking her to meet with council at 4:15 p.m. Thursday regarding the bills.
Moseley said she'll be there.
Meanwhile, Summey shared county records Friday that show Moseley's car has parked in the county garage only 136 days this calendar year even though her time cards show her having worked eight hours a day, five days a week.
In 2010, her car entered the garage only 152 days of the county's 260-day work year.
"This lady is not doing her job," Summey said. "One woman is trying to stop all wheels of government."
Moseley said those garage records don't mean a thing: "My car was not there this week, but I've been here all day," she said. "There are plenty of cars that bring me to work and pick me up and that I drive myself that's not my personal car that's in the garage. ... My husband takes me back and forth a lot."
Moseley said she hasn't taken a vacation since she first was elected auditor in 1992, but she made headlines a decade ago when she didn't show up at work for three months. That's when she and several other employees claimed that mold in the county office building was making them sick.
"I've never been anywhere I couldn't be reached," Moseley said Friday. "If I was at home for whatever reason, I'm contacting the office continuously by phone or by email."
Moseley is elected and is accountable to the voters, not County Council.
"For elected officials such as the auditor, the time sheet is merely perfunctory," according to county spokeswoman Tracy Amick. "There is no particular requirement for such elected officials to work a specific number of hours to receive their mandated pay."
The county aimed to have its annual real property tax bills in the mail by Sept. 30, but implementing a new computer system has wreaked havoc this year.
Moseley has faulted the county's new Manatron computer system, and the county has received two 30-day extensions from the state, allowing the bills to be mailed as late as Nov. 30.
Councilwoman Colleen Condon said the tax system's glitches affect only about 0.2 percent of the tax bills. "I'm hoping we can turn around and get real property bills out in the mail next week," she said.
If the delays over sending out tax bills aren't resolved by then, Summey said he favors asking Gov. Nikki Haley to suspend Moseley and appoint someone else to do her job.
But other council members said they're unlikely to go that far.
"That's definitely too strong for me," Condon said. "I don't think she's purposefully doing this. ... I think she's been flustered by it."
Councilman Vic Rawl said while he is concerned about how the delays might harm income streams to local governments, "realistically speaking, we don't have any legal authority over her."
Asked if he would ask the governor to intervene, Rawl replied, "I'm not one who believes in threats."
Moseley, a Republican, is up for re-election next year and said Summey, a Democrat, "has an agenda."
Councilman Herb Sass, a newly elected Republican, said he has no idea how often Moseley comes to work, "but I know Elliott has some strong opinions about that, and it's a very important issue."
Sass said he just wants to help Moseley get over the finish line. "These other municipalities are counting on Charleston County to collect this money," he said.
When asked about Summey's suggestion the county might ask Haley to intervene, Moseley said, "He can contact the governor all he wants to. I don't think the governor would listen to him. If she does, I'd be very disappointed in her. Right now, she has my full support, and I don't expect that to change."
"There's so much blame that's been thrown around," Condon said, "I think it's unfortunately slowed down the process more."