Elba Central School District - Financial Management (2018M-96)

Issued Date
August 31, 2018

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board and District officials effectively managed the District’s financial condition.1

Key Findings

  • The Board adopted budgets with overestimated appropriations averaging $950,000. As a result, it did not use all of the appropriated fund balance.
  • Taxpayers might have realized $570,000 in cumulative tax savings had the Board maintained the same tax levy as in 2013-14 and if the Board had used overfunded reserves to pay $860,000 of related expenditures rather than appropriations.
  • District officials overfunded three reserves that totaled $2.1 million.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt realistic budgets based on historical or other known trends.
  • Review reserves to determine whether they are necessary and reasonably funded.

District officials generally agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.

1 Our audit focused primarily on the general fund's financial condition.