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November 18, 2006

DiNapoli’s Office Completes Local Government Audit

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit of the Town of Manlius in Onondaga County.

“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.”

Town of Manlius – Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations
Auditors found weak financial controls over the segregation of payroll duties, payroll certification, hiring practices, and employee compensation. For example, the town incurred over $100,000 in inappropriate benefit expenses during 2006 and 2007, comprising approximately $80,000 in health insurance benefits and over $23,000 in leave time and other fringe benefits improperly provided to officers, employees, and retirees without formal town board authorization. In addition, because the town’s policy did not address the procurement of professional services, officials did not always seek competition for professional and other services. Town personnel did not obtain competitive quotes, as required by policy, for maintenance and repair services totaling $13,000. Because the board’s policy did not address the procurement of professional services, town officials did not solicit competition before procuring $87,000 in attorney services and $86,400 in information technology consulting services. Finally, the town did not properly audit claims, or audit the books and records of town personnel who receive and disburse town moneys, as required by law.

Click here for a copy of the audit report.

If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding this audit, please call Bill Reynolds at 518-474-4015.

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