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August 12, 2010

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of Town of Pomfret

An audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli found that the Town of Pomfret failed to properly segregate the water and sewer clerk’s duties or implement controls to correct the situation.

“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “It’s the clerk’s responsibility to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used effectively and for their intended purpose. Unfortunately, that did not occur in the Town of Pomfret. The town needs to make some changes to prevent abuses from taking place in the future.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that adequate receipts were not always issued when water and sewer bills were paid.  In addition, DiNapoli’s auditors noted that the clerk made billing adjustments with no oversight.

Further, auditor’s from DiNapoli’s office found that the town did not have a system in place to reconcile the total amount of water purchased and processed to the amount of water billed to its customers and used for municipal purposes. The lack of an overall comparison increases the risk that the town may be paying more than necessary for water. In addition, that water may be lost within the system or misused without being detected by town officials. As a result, the town cannot account for over 11 million gallons of water valued at over $34,000.

Click here for a full copy of the audit.

If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding this audit, please call the press office at 518-474-4015.


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