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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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October 1, 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 Cayuga County Probation Department, Coldspring Fire District and the Town of Stockport.

“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."

Cayuga County Probation Department – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (2013M-171)
Auditors found county and departmental officials did not implement formal accounting or cash handling procedures to establish standard and vital controls over the receipt, recording, deposit, disbursement, transmittal and reporting of cash taken in by the probation department.

Coldspring Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Cattaraugus County)
The fire district board’s failure to adopt policies and procedures and annually audit the treasurer’s records, combined with the treasurer’s failure to maintain detailed accounting records and prepare bank reconciliations, increases the risk that financial errors and irregularities could occur and go undetected and uncorrected.

Town of Stockport – Disbursements (Columbia County)
Financial controls implemented by the town board are generally operating effectively. Although the board audits and approves claims that are presented for payment, it was standard practice for the supervisor to pay some claims that had not been presented to the board for approval, such as for inter-municipal payments.


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