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NYS Comptroller


Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

City of Norwich - Capital Planning (2019M-88)

Released: August 16, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether City officials are properly planning for capital needs.

Key Findings

  • Officials did not develop a capital plan or accurate and complete inventories of vehicles and equipment.
  • The City has approximately $1.8 million in capital needs that will impact its financial condition.

Key Recommendations

  • Develop a multiyear capital plan to ensure that financial resources are available to replace capital assets in a timely manner.
  • Create inventory lists of capital assets and maintenance and replacement schedules.

City officials disagreed with certain aspects of our findings and recommendations, but indicated they have initiated corrective action. Appendix B includes our comments on issues raised in the City’s response letter.


The City of Norwich (City) is located in Chenango County. The Common Council (Council) is composed of six Aldermen that are responsible for overseeing the City’s operations and finances. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the day to day operations. The Director of Finance serves as the Chief Fiscal Officer and is responsible for the general financial management of the City, and preparing the budget.

Department heads, such as the Fire Chief, Police Chief and Superintendent of Public Works (Superintendent), are responsible for daily and long term management of their respective departments.

Quick Facts
Vehicles and Heavy Equipment74
2019 Total Appropriations$12.3 million

Audit Period

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. We extended our scope back to January 1, 2012 to analyze financial trends.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236