Town of Homer – Non-Payroll Disbursements (2023M-63)

Issued Date
August 11, 2023

Audit Objective

Determine whether the Town of Homer (Town) Board (Board) and Town Supervisor (Supervisor) provided adequate oversight of non-payroll disbursements.

Key Findings

The Board and Supervisor did not provide adequate oversight of non-payroll disbursements. As a result, Town officials made duplicate payments totaling $79,806, and the Town has an increased risk that errors or irregularities could occur and remain undetected and uncorrected.

The Board and/or Supervisor did not:

  • Segregate the duties or implement compensating controls relating to non-payroll disbursements. As a result, checks and balances over the powers and duties of the Supervisor and Town Clerk (Clerk) were not established.
  • Establish procedures to detect and prevent duplicate payments from occurring.
  • Conduct or ensure an annual audit of the Supervisor’s records and reports was performed, as required.

Key Recommendations

  • Segregate non-payroll disbursements duties or implement adequate compensating controls.
  • Review bank reconciliations, bank statements and canceled check images to ensure bank transactions are appropriate.
  • Annually audit the Supervisor’s records, as required.

Town officials disagreed with certain aspects of our findings but indicated they will take corrective action. Appendix B includes our comment on issues raised in the Town’s response letter.