November 26, 2010
DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Town of East Greenbush
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Town of East Greenbush: Ambulance District 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. East Greenbush officials need to step up and take a more active role in supervising the activities of its ambulance district and make sure that the district’s revenue is properly turned over to the town.”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that East Greenbush officials inappropriately turned over their responsibilities to the ambulance squad by not establishing a fee schedule outlining the amounts to be billed to individuals who have been transported or treated by the squad as required by town law. Instead, the town allowed the squad to develop the rates it billed users.
Town officials also allowed the squad to keep $400,000 of ambulance district revenues derived from the user charges in 2008 and use that money without ever remitting them to the town comptroller. Auditors also found the district inappropriately transferred its ownership of three vehicles to the squad.
Finally, the district did not have an adequate system of internal controls in place to ensure that service credit for its pension-like program was awarded to only those volunteers who earned it.
For a full copy of the audit, see: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/towns/2010/eastgreenbush.pdf
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