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July 19, 2013

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Jefferson Fire District and the Town of Lagrange.

“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."

Jefferson Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Schoharie County)
The fire district board has not ensured that procedures are in place for proper financial recording and reporting. Auditors found the district treasurer did not submit monthly financial reports to the board and did not maintain accurate cash balances for the district’s checking and savings accounts. Further, bank reconciliations were not performed consistently and, when completed, they were not done properly.

Town of Lagrange – Selected Financial Activities (Dutchess County)
The town could potentially save as much as $7,000 annually if it processed and printed payroll checks in-house rather than using an outside vendor. In addition, auditors found the town justice court’s software system does not produce an audit trail of activity for the justices or clerks to review. Also, the town has not developed a comprehensive IT policy to properly secure the town’s computer systems.

For access to state and local government spending and more than 60,000 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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