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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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January 21, 2016, 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 Gloversville Housing Authority, Mechanicville Housing Authority, Village of Old Brookville, Town of Pamelia and the Tompkins County Public Library.

“In today’s fiscal climate, budget transparency and accountability for our local communities is a top priority,” said DiNapoli. “By auditing municipal finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively.”

Gloversville Housing Authority – Selected Financial Operations (Fulton County)
Tenant rental payments were properly recorded in the accounting system and deposited intact and in a timely manner. The board, however, did not establish policies and procedures to guide staff when processing claims, which were not audited prior to payment.

Mechanicville Housing Authority – Tenant Rents (Saratoga County)
The authority has adequate controls over the collection of tenant rent payments. Authority officials, however, do not generate and review audit trail reports.

Village of Old Brookville – Cash Receipts (Nassau County)
Receipts were not always deposited in a timely manner and duplicate receipts were not always issued when collecting money because the board has not adopted a comprehensive cash receipts policy.

Town of Pamelia – Financial Management (Jefferson County)
The board adopted budgets that were not based on sound and realistic revenue estimates. The board underestimated sales tax revenue from fiscal years 2012 through 2014 by a total of $634,000 which contributed to the operating surpluses and excessive fund balance in the town-wide general fund.

Tompkins County Public Library – Financial Management (2015M-250)
Library officials have not developed structurally balanced budgets and the library experienced operating deficits from 2012 through 2014 totaling $266,000.

For access to state and local government spending and nearly 50,000 state contracts, visit OpenBookNY. 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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