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According to the state comptroller’s website, city sales tax receipts trended downward from 2010 to 2013, the year after the last adult business closed.
Later, a handful of Democratic lawmakers asked a judge to compel the comptroller to pay their salaries ahead of other past-due bills.
The Illinois comptroller’s office said as of last month roughly half of such centers had closed in the state.
Ortega has a seat on the Republican Moral Council, the main body of the Citizen Branch, one of the five branches of government in Venezuela, along with the comptroller general, and the ombudsman, a man named Tarek William Saab.
The New York City and New York State comptrollers both signed a letter sent to shareholders, as did a representative of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and PGGM, a Dutch pension fund.
The comptroller has estimated that the state will owe at least $800 million in interest and fees on overdue bills by the end of June.
A representative of the California State Teachers' Retirement System signed a letter sent to shareholders, as did the New York City and New York state comptrollers and PGGM, a Dutch pension fund.
First, the comptrollers of corporate America can't stand to alter their corporate palaces in Irvine.
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Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
Origin and Etymology of comptroller
Middle English, alteration of countreroller controller
First Known Use: 15th century
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comptroller for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization
Legal Definition of comptroller
: the head accounting officer of a company or government
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