The decision on whether Washington Township's attorney counts as an employee or a contractor, which township officials have already been awaiting for months, will be delayed even longer due to the shutdown of the federal government, council President Steve Cascio said Monday.
Cascio said he had tried to call the IRS agent who has been handling the case and got a message stating the agent would be out until the shutdown is over.
"He will not be getting back to me until the government is funded," Cascio said.
The IRS' decision will determine whether or not Poller is entitled to medical benefits from the town.
Poller previously said the benefits were part of the deal when he was hired and had been for the attorney who held the position before him, too.
Gary Vinci, the township's auditor, previously said that an IRS agent had told him that Poller likely would count as a full-time employee, but the decision was not official. Poller said he had also checked with the IRS and received the same response.