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October 29, 2010

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Town of Paris


New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Town of Paris - Internal Controls Over Selected Financial 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. The Town of Paris purchased goods and services without seeking any competitive bids.  When this happens, there is no way for a town to ensure its paying the lowest prices possible and are acting in the best interest of the taxpayers. The town must do better.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that town officials did not comply with General Municipal Law or the town’s procurement policy when procuring goods and services. Auditors from DiNapoli’s  office reviewed 11 contracts totaling $489,792 that were subject to competitive bidding requirements and found that town officials did not solicit competitive bids for six contracts totaling $132,868. Purchases included highway equipment parts and sanders.

DiNapoli’s auditors also identified 10 purchase and public works contracts totaling $63,310 for which the town had not obtained any of the required quotes or RFPs in accordance with the town’s procurement policy. The town’s claims audit process was not sufficient to detect improper payments, and the board did not audit all claims prior to payment. For example, auditors found exceptions with 20 claims totaling $19,628, including $16,538 in duplicate payments. The town’s internal controls over fuel inventory were inadequate prior to December 2008.

Lastly, auditors noted weaknesses in internal controls over the town’s water and sewer use charges.

For a full copy of the audit, click here.

If you have any questions, or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s press office regarding this audit, please call 518-474-4015, or send an email to press@osc.state.ny.us.



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