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July 15, 2010




DiNapoli’s Office Completes Local Government Audit


State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit report: Village of Goshen – Controls Over the Waste Water Treatment Plant Project and Sewer Rates.
 
“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 Goshen – Controls Over the Waste Water Treatment Plant Project and Sewer Rates
The village did not properly plan for the construction of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). In 2003, the board authorized, by resolution, the initial funding of $22.5 million to construct the WWTP. Village officials chose to construct the WWTP on the village’s capped landfill. Construction began in 2006, and expenses incurred through November 2009 have totaled $30 million. The village incurred unanticipated costs for soil remediation totaling $5.5 million, which have adversely affected sewer rates charged to village and town residents. In addition, a portion of the sewer rates charged to town residents is not supported. As a result, town residents may have been overbilled by $15,700. Finally, a second portion of the sewer rates charged to town residents relates to soil remediation costs associated with the construction of the WWTP, which are not clearly addressed in the intermunicipal agreements. Town officials believe that soil remediation costs should not be allocated to town residents. This includes the $57,000 allocated for 2008 and $889,000 that could be allocated over the life of the bond.

Click here for a copy of the audit.

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