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November 9, 2012


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Dundee Central School District and the Hornell City School District.

"My office's audits of school districts, charter schools and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education."

Dundee Central School District – Financial Condition (Yates County)
School district officials have overestimated expenses and increased the tax levy by 8 percent over the last three years. These budgeting practices generated $4.5 million in operating surpluses, which caused the accumulated fund balance to exceed the statutory maximum of 4 percent of the ensuing year's budget.

Hornell City School District – Capital Improvement Project Expenditures (Steuben County)
The school district's total capital improvement project expenditures were approximately $34 million, which is under budget by $18.7 million. Auditors found $1.3 million in proposed change orders were properly approved and all were proper capital project expenditures. The district did not seek competition, however, for approximately $5.4 million in capital project-related professional services.

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