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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

January 24, 2020

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits have been issued.

Village of Arkport – Information Technology (Steuben County)

Auditors found that the board did not adopt information technology (IT) security policies and procedures. In addition, the board did not enter into a written agreement with the IT vendor for services provided to the village. Auditors also found that the village officials did not provide IT security awareness training to employees.

Town of Geddes – Account Clerk’s Salary and Benefits and Cash Disbursements (Onondaga County) 

The clerk received $6,000 in inappropriate health insurance buyout payments for 2017 and 2018 while the town paid for her health insurance coverage totaling $30,876 from April 2017 through July 31, 2018. Auditors also found the clerk did not withhold the required health insurance premium contributions from her pay, totaling $2,875 and received an unauthorized retroactive buyout payment of $2,000 for 2016.

Madison County – Claims Audit and Payment Process 

Auditors determined that the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Health did not audit their respective claims before payment. A review of 382 claims (totaling $3.5 million) disclosed that 121 claims totaling $752,749 lacked adequate support or documentation showing receipt of goods or services. In addition, claims totaling $1.3 million were paid without board approval.

Village of Palmyra – Justice Court Operations (Wayne County) 

The justice’s cash balances exceeded known liabilities by a total of $6,444 as of June 30, 2019. Auditors found that there were seven old cases recorded in the accounting system dating back to the 1990s, with outstanding held bail and restitution totaling $1,864. In addition, the board’s audit of the court records and reports was inadequate.

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