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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

February 3, 2021

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

Town of Owasco – Real Property Tax Exemptions Administration (Cayuga County)

The assessor did not properly administer select real property tax exemptions. Granted property exemptions were not always properly applied for or supported. Of the 99 property tax exemptions that auditors reviewed, 75 of the exemptions totaling over $4.1 million were not properly applied for or supported. Property owners received $4,014 in 2019 town tax reductions for these unsupported exemptions.

Stamford-Harpersfield-Kortright Fire District – Financial Activities (Delaware County)

The board did not establish adequate controls or provide adequate fiscal oversight of the treasurer. As a result, district assets were not safeguarded. The board did not adequately monitor fiscal operations and properly document disbursement approvals. The board also did not conduct required audits or adopt a procurement policy, investment policy or code of ethics, as required. Although the treasurer’s financial records and reports that auditors reviewed were accurate, and financial transactions were appropriate and properly accounted for, the treasurer performed all financial duties, including receiving and disbursing cash, signing district checks and maintaining the accounting records, with no oversight.


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