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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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December 18, 2013, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the New Suffolk Common School District, Quogue Union Free School District and the Schoharie Central School District.

“My office’s audits of school districts, charter schools and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”

New Suffolk Common School District – Selected Financial Operations (Suffolk County)
The school district’s fund balance exceeded the permitted statutory limit in each fiscal year from 2007-08 through 2011-12. The district consistently levied more taxes than needed for budgeted appropriations during this period. In addition, district officials have not properly budgeted for tuition and teacher personnel salaries.

Quogue Union Free School District – Financial Condition and Cash Receipts (Suffolk County)
School district officials have consistently over-estimated expenditures and appropriated unexpended surplus funds that they did not use. The district’s unexpended surplus funds exceeded the statutory limit during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal years and tax levies may have been higher than necessary. Additionally, the district had four established reserves totaling approximately $969,000 as of June 30, 2013 and had no formal plan on using these reserves.

Schoharie Central School District – Financial Condition (Schoharie County)
Although the school board adopted budgets with revenues that were realistic and supported, expenditures were consistently and significantly over-estimated. As a result, the district spent nearly $8 million less than budgeted over a five-year period. In addition, the board appropriated on average approximately $1.1 million of unexpended surplus funds each year during this period, but the district actually used only $676,000 of the fund balance.

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For access to state and local government spending and nearly 50,000 state contracts, visit http://www.openbooknewyork.com/. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.

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