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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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December 4, 2013, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the City of Little Falls, Swan Lake Fire District and the Town of Wawayanda.

“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.”

City of Little Falls – Internal Controls Over Selected City Operations (Herkimer County)
The city is losing 54 percent of the water it distributes. In 2011, the city reported that 719 million gallons of water was treated and 331 million gallons was delivered or used, leaving 388 million gallons of unaccounted-for water. The cost of unaccounted-for water for 2011 is about $265,000.

Swan Lake Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Sullivan County)
The district board did not provide adequate oversight over investing district money, budget monitoring and financial recording and reporting. Also, oversight of the district’s purchasing process could be improved.

Town of Wawayanda – Financial Management and Information Technology (Orange County)
Town officials have demonstrated fiscally responsible management and identified various ways to increase revenue and reduce expenditures. However, the town’s unexpended surplus fund balance has become excessive. In addition, the town’s controls over its IT system need to be improved. The town has not adopted a breach notification policy, a disaster recovery plan or a policy that addresses the protection of personal, private and sensitive information.

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