August 12, 2010
DiNapoli's Office Completes Town of Clermont Audit
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit report: Town of Clermont – Financial Condition and Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations.
“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver. Clermont needs to make some clear changes to keep taxes in check.”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that the Clermont town board has not adopted a policy nor have town officials developed procedures to govern the level of unreserved, unappropriated fund balance to be maintained or determine whether the amount maintained is reasonable.
At the end of the 2009 fiscal year, the general fund unreserved, unappropriated fund balance was reported at $322,688, 102 percent of the ensuing year’s total budgetary appropriations of $316,395. The highway fund unreserved, unappropriated fund balance was $175,279, 64 percent of the ensuing year’s total budgetary appropriations of $274,215.
As a result, the highway fund levied more property taxes than necessary to fund operations.
The town also spent about $100,750 for professional services without seeking competition and did not enter into written agreements with these service providers.
Finally, town officials donated $10,000 that were not appropriate because they were for events considered social in nature, which did not further legally authorized town purposes.
For a copy of the audit, see: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/towns/2010/clermont.pdf