New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits were issued.
While the board evaluated projects prior to their approval, board members should improve the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency’s efforts to monitor businesses’ job performance and tax exemptions. Officials did not obtain required documentation to support project owners’ self-reported job performance. As a result, the board has no assurance the reported job performance information is accurate. The board did not ensure payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) were billed and paid in accordance with PILOT agreements. As a result, a business was underbilled $78,600, a business was not billed for its agreed upon PILOT totaling $18,900 and another business was overbilled $873.
The payments town officials made to not-for-profit organizations were not always for appropriate purposes, properly approved or supported by sufficient documentation. Officials used public funds to make donations or impermissible gifts totaling $47,400 to various local community organizations. Officials also paid nine claims totaling $30,150 before board audit and approval. In addition, officials did not ensure sufficient documentation was included with 16 claims totaling $52,550.
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