Taconic Hills Central School District – Financial Management (2019M-155)

Issued Date
October 25, 2019

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board and District officials adopted realistic budgets to maintain fund balance within the statutory required limit.

Key Findings

  • The Board overestimated appropriations by a total of $12.6 million from 2013-14 through 2017-18.
  • As of June 30, 2018, surplus fund balance totaled approximately $6.5 million, exceeding the statutory limit by 13 percentage points.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt budgets with reasonable estimates for revenues and appropriations and the amount of fund balance that will be used to fund operations.
  • Reduce the amount of surplus fund balance to comply with the statutory limit and use the excess funds in a manner more beneficial to taxpayers.