By: Jim Duff June 19,2013
Hudson Mayor Michael Elliott resigned Tuesday for what he says are health and family reasons.
His resignation took effect at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, leaving Hudson council to elect an interim mayor for the four months until the Nov. 3 municipal elections.
“I’d like to do more, but I’m 72,” Elliott said yesterday evening. “My heart surgeon told me, look, guy, you’ve got to take it easy.”
Elliott, who underwent open-heart surgery last year, has been at the centre of a storm of controversy since the town announced it had called in the Sûreté du Québec to investigate possible fraud at Hudson town hall.
At the June 3 council meeting, it was confirmed that 315 residential and business ratepayers owed $1.2 million in back taxes.
Elliott said he’d heard the rumours that he was among the delinquents. “I’ve paid my back taxes. There was a time 25-30 years ago when I was in financial difficulty and it’s possible [a town employee] covered for me.