November 5, 2010
DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Lewiston-Porter Central School District
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Lewiston-Porter Central School District – Benefit Trusts and Student Transportation Operations.
“As Comptroller, I’m committed to using the audit process to make sure state and local governments run as efficiently as possible,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools governments should use to better protect taxpayer dollars. District officials need to step-up oversight and better monitor the benefit payment and reimbursement process. Until it does, the district can’t ensure revenues aren’t slipping through the cracks. In addition, the district should look for opportunities to increase ridership on its school busses and share services with neighboring districts. This could save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars – that’s good for the district and good for its taxpayers. ”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that the district’s invoices issued to two benefit trusts, for reimbursement of the district’s payments in lieu of health insurance on behalf of those trusts, were not adequately itemized, tracked, or recorded in the district’s accounting system until payment was received.
Auditors from DiNapoli’s office noted that because district officials did not sufficiently monitor the benefit payment and reimbursement process, $52,865 of the $214,659 in payments made on behalf of the trusts from July 1, 2007 to May 7, 2010 had not been reimbursed.
DiNapoli’s auditors also found that the district could potentially save more than $250,000 in annual student transportation costs by increasing ridership from 76 percent to 85 percent of bus capacity, utilizing more shared bus routes with a neighboring district, and better monitoring fuel charges from the transportation vendor. Auditor’s review of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 fuel reconciliations provided by the transportation vendor found that the district was billed for more fuel than the district actually used by a cumulative total of 10,828 gallons, equivalent to $23,388.
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