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September 22, 2010

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of The Neversink Fire District



New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Neversink Fire District – Board Oversight and Treasurer’s Duties.

“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 Neversink Fire District failed to properly manage financial operations to ensure assets were safeguarded. In order to decrease the risk that district funds may be used inappropriately, the board must segregate duties and implement stronger internal controls.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that the board did not properly oversee the financial operations of the treasurer or the purchasing and claims auditing functions, and that the treasurer did not maintain accurate records or provide sufficient financial reports.

As a result, purchases totaling $217,526 were made without obtaining competitive bids or quotes and district funds may have been expended inappropriately. In addition, the ability of interested parties to monitor the district’s financial operations has been diminished.

Click here for a full copy of the audit.

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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