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September 1, 2010

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of Sodus Center Fire District

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Sodus Center Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations.

“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. The Sodus Fire District failed to establish internal controls over its financial operations. As a result, district officials and taxpayers have no assurance that district moneys are being used economically, prudently and for reasonable purposes. The district must do better.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that the lack of adequate board oversight and internal controls has resulted in serious deficiencies in the district’s financial reporting and accounting, as well as non-compliance with legal and policy requirements and good business practices in procuring goods and services.

Further, DiNapoli’s auditors noted that the board’s lack of understanding of its fiduciary responsibilities and its minimal oversight of district operations resulted in severe control deficiencies, including the treasurer making $40,147 in payments to his own contracting and electrical businesses prior to board approval.

Click here for a full copy of the audit.

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