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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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December 18, 2013, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of County Reimbursement for Social Services Costs, the Town of Dannemora, Village of Deposit and the Kiantone Fire Department.

“My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver.”

County Reimbursement of Social Services Costs (2013MS-3)
Auditors found that Franklin, Genesee, Greene, Montgomery, Ontario, Sullivan and Tioga counties have not maximized their reimbursement of expenditures related to the administration of social services programs. The seven counties failed to seek reimbursement for more than $1.4 million in eligible costs, potentially losing almost $1 million in additional revenue. This revenue was lost because the counties did not establish consistent billing processes which resulted in billing errors or a failure to bill at all.

Town of Dannemora – Town Hall/Highway Garage Capital Project (Clinton County)
The town board expanded the scope of a new town hall/highway garage project and increased the budget from the original estimate of $600,000 to $3,000,000. Because town officials did not develop a comprehensive plan at the onset of the project, they did not determine the extent to which they would need to use contract services and did not properly plan and budget for them.

Village of Deposit – Fiscal Monitoring and Selected Financial Operations (Delaware County)
The village board did not effectively oversee and monitor the village’s financial operations. The board did not have accurate information with which to base its financial decisions and, ultimately, did not adopt reasonable budgets for the general, water and sewer funds. In addition, the board cannot be sure that only authorized disbursements were made, that all moneys received were properly deposited, or that all transactions were properly recorded and reported.

Kiantone Fire Department – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Chautauqua County)
The department board generally does not provide adequate oversight of department financial activities. Auditors reviewed disbursements totaling $522,862 and found that the department treasurer made disbursements with little or no oversight and disbursements totaling $50,053 were not properly supported.

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For access to state and local government spending and nearly 50,000 state contracts, visit http://www.openbooknewyork.com/. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.

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