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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

August 7, 2020

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

Town of Knox – Town Clerk (Albany County)

The Clerk did not record, deposit or disburse all money timely and accurately. Auditors determined the clerk did not deposit 367 collections totaling $22,586 (46 percent) within the required time frames.

The clerk also did not report and remit collections timely and accurately. Collections were reported and remitted late to the supervisor for 21 months of the 24 months auditors examined. In addition, the clerk did not prepare accountability analyses. As of December 31, 2019 the clerk's bank account held an unremitted cash balance of $3,161.

Town of North Collins – Recreation Department Cash Receipts (Erie County)

The Department’s cash receipts were not always collected, recorded or deposited timely. The Board did not adopt written cash receipts policies and officials did not properly segregate cash receipts duties or oversee the cash receipts function. Auditors found eight summer recreation registrants did not pay program fees that ranged from $80 to $130 per person totaling $640 to $1,040. In addition, the co-director’s child attended the after-school, soccer and summer recreation programs for free, without full board consent. Sufficient program documentation was not maintained which precludes the Department and auditors from confirming all funds collected were recorded and deposited in a timely and accurate manner.

City of North Tonawanda - Financial Condition (Niagara County)

The Mayor and Council did not adopt structurally balanced budgets, properly monitor the city’s financial operations or take appropriate actions to maintain the city’s fiscal stability. The general and sewer funds experienced operating deficits from 2017 through 2019. Despite the city’s deteriorating financial condition, officials did not establish a fund balance policy, multiyear financial plan or capital plan. The Mayor’s and City Council’s budgeting practices and poor financial management have left the city in a vulnerable financial position.


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