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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School District Audits

November 13, 2020

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

Mount Pleasant Cottage Union Free School District – Procurement (Westchester County)

District officials did not use a competitive process to procure goods and services. For example, auditors found that district officials paid a vendor $238,465 without documentation and they justified this was a valid exception to competitive bidding. They also did not issue requests for proposals for six of 10 professional services providers that were paid $416,367. In addition, district officials did not obtain quotes for 20 purchases totaling $150,293 out of 30 reviewed.

Newfane Central School District – Financial Management (Niagara County)

The board and district officials can better manage fund balance and reserves. Auditors determined surplus fund balance exceeded the limit each year by $8.1 million to $9 million, or 26 to 28 percentage points, which exceeded the 4 percent statutory limit. In addition, $13.4 million was improperly restricted in two reserves: $12.6 million in the employee benefit accrued liability reserve and $800,000 in the debt service reserve.

Southern Cayuga Central School District – Financial Condition (Cayuga County and Tomkins County)

The board underestimated revenues by an average of $141,038 and overestimated appropriations by an average of $1.3 million over the three completed years. As a result, the district generated large operating surpluses and did not use about $1.1 million in appropriated fund balance. As of June 30, 2019, recalculated surplus fund balance totaled almost $1.7 million and was 10.7 percent of 2018-19 expenditures. In addition, the board and district officials did not develop adequate multiyear financial and capital plans.

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