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February 14, 2013

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Village of Huntington Bay, Town of Long Lake, Village of Munnsville and the City of North Tonawanda.

“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."

Village of Huntington Bay – Compensation of Officials and Credit Cards (Suffolk County)
The village is compensating the appointed building inspector and elected village justice by voucher rather than as part of the village’s payroll, as required. Auditors also found the village board did not adopt a comprehensive credit card policy. Although the village adopted a credit card policy in April 2012, it did not specify who was authorized to use the credit cards, for what purpose the cards could be used, or procedures for monitoring the card usage.

Town of Long Lake – Capital Projects and Reserve Funds (Hamilton County)
Town officials have not closed out a capital project with a remaining cash balance of $111,373. In addition, the town did not receive approval from the Office of State Comptroller for establishing capital project reserve funds and exceeded the board-authorized amount when funding two reserves.

Village of Munnsville – Financial Operations (Madison County)
The village board has not maintained an adequate level of unassigned fund balance, limiting the village’s ability to manage emergencies and other unanticipated occurrences. The board has not exercised effective oversight of the village clerk-treasurer. Also, the clerk-treasurer has not filed the required annual financial report with the Office of State Comptroller on a timely basis.

City of North Tonawanda – Financial Operations (Niagara County)
The city council was not provided advanced notice of fundraising events of six volunteer fire companies within the city, as required by law. Auditors also found city officials did not maintain records indicating they sought written or verbal quotes for certain goods and services as required by the purchasing policy. As a result, officials cannot be assured that city funds were used in the most efficient and economical manner.

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