He said the board recorded up to RM3 million of uncollected assessments and dues from ratepayers in the district.
Teo, who is also Tanjong Kapor Assemblyman, said this when presenting appointment letters to the newly-sworn in councillors of Kudat Town Board for the 2017-2018 tenure, here, recently.
He urged the councillors to ensure sound financial management of the town board and implement development projects that would improve the wellbeing of the people.
Teo reminded the councillors that their appointment was not a privilege, but a responsibility to serve the government and local community.
"Councillors must not abuse their position for personal gain," he said, adding that he hoped the town board would improve cleanliness in Kudat, as well as undertake efforts to boost tourism and economic growth in the district.
He said ratepayers should also settle their assessment and dues with the town board to enable more development projects to be carried out.
Twenty councillors took their oath before Teo in the ceremony at Dewan Tun Mustapha, here, two of whom are new faces.