DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of
Village of Canajoharie
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Village of Canajoharie – Financial Condition.
“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. The Village of Canajoharie should continue its efforts to attract new business to help offset the loss of Beech-Nut’s water and sewer usage and find alternate uses for the Beech-Nut plant.”
DiNapoli’s audit found that in 2007, Beech-Nut announced plans to relocate and build a new production facility in the nearby Town of Florida, after 116 years of operations in the village.
The village currently operates and maintains a wastewater treatment plant and a water plant for which Beech-Nut has long been the largest customer using approximately 86 percent of its capacity.
DiNapoli’s auditors noted that while the village has and continues to make reasonable attempts to attract a new business to take over operations at the Beech-Nut plant and help offset the vacancy that will be created; these efforts have so far been unsuccessful.
Auditors from DiNapoli’s office stated that revenues for the water and sewer funds will decrease significantly. The village will also lose about 11 percent of its general fund tax revenues annually, requiring an increase of about $120 per year from each remaining property owner to maintain the same level of revenue. In addition to the $120 general fund tax revenue increase, each remaining property owner will pay an extra $1,047 for water and $1,540 for sewer. This total average increase of approximately $2,700 per household is unsustainable.
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