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October 6, 2009

DiNapoli’s Office Completes Local Government Audit

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed an audit of the Town of Thurman.

“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 Thurman – Financial Management and Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Activities (Warren County)
Auditors found the town’s financial management and internal controls over payroll and purchasing were not adequate. As a result, the town has accumulated more than $900,000, which should be used for authorized purposes or to reduce property taxes. Also, highway employees used the time clock less than 33 percent of the time. Also, employees received leave time valued at approximately $11,810 to which they were not entitled. In addition, the town may have forgone revenue for the value of scrap metal removed and paid more than necessary for insurance coverage.

Click here for a copy of the audit.



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