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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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November 27, 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 the Afton Fire District, Town of Babylon, City of Newburgh, Town of Salina, Stanley Fire District, Summit Fire District and the Westford Fire District.

“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."

Afton Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Chenango County)
Fire district controls are not adequate to ensure that financial activity is properly recorded and reported, and that district moneys are safeguarded. Auditors found the treasurer does not present the board with budget-to-actual reports for expenditures on a monthly basis. Also, the board is not reviewing monthly bank statements or bank reconciliations.

Town of Babylon – Financial Condition and Internal Controls Over Selected Town Operations (Nassau County)
From 2008 through 2011, the general fund’s unexpended surplus fund balance decreased from a surplus of $6.1 million to a deficit of $10.5 million. In addition, the board has not adopted a comprehensive computer-use policy, a breach notification policy, or a formal disaster recovery plan.

City of Newburgh – Budget Review (Orange County)
The proposed budget includes $2 million of anticipated revenues from the sale of real property. The office of State Comptroller has not been provided documentation to verify the assessed values of the properties or the required approval from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the readiness of the properties for sale. Further, the city may be overestimating water sales and sewer charges. If the City Council does not decrease appropriations, there may be a revenue shortfall of more than $550,000 in the 2014 fiscal year budget for these funds.

Town of Salina – Information Technology (Onondaga County)
The town board has not established policies and procedures related to personal, private and sensitive information. In addition, the town has not maintained a complete and accurate computer inventory and has not developed a disaster recovery plan.

Stanley Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Ontario County)
Board members have not provided adequate fiscal oversight to the district, which may be due to their lack of training. Auditors found board members did not complete their required training in legal, fiduciary, financial, procurement and ethical responsibilities. Also, the board has not established written policies and procedures to govern financial operations, such as investments, cash receipts and disbursements, credit cards, claims processing, capital planning and information technology.

Summit Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Schoharie County)
The fire district does not have adequate financial policies and procedures. Although the district board generally provided adequate oversight over cash disbursed from the general fund, it did not provide the same oversight over cash disbursed from the district’s building reserve account. In addition, the board has not adopted purchasing, investment or code of ethics policies, as required.

Westford Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Otsego County)
The district board has not established adequate financial policies and procedures. For example, the district treasurer performs all duties with no board oversight. The board does not conduct an annual audit of the treasurer’s records nor do they contract with an independent auditor to perform such an audit.


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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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