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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

July 15, 2015

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Alton Fire District, Village of Tivoli, Village of Tuckahoe and the City of Yonkers.

“In today’s fiscal climate, budget transparency and accountability for our local communities is a top priority,” said DiNapoli. “By auditing municipal finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively.”

Alton Fire District – Internal Controls Over Financial Operations (Wayne County)

The district has adopted a code of ethics and a procurement policy, as required, but not an investment policy. The board did not complete an annual audit of the treasurer’s books and records.

Village of Tivoli – Procurement (Dutchess County)

Village officials did not always use competitive methods for purchasing goods and consumable products. For example, the village paid $4,126 more for fuel than necessary.

Village of Tuckahoe – Financial Condition (Westchester County)

The village general fund balance decreased from approximately $564,000 at the end of 2011-12 to less than $156,000 at the end of 2013-14 due to operating deficits primarily caused by underestimated budget appropriations.

City of Yonkers – Budget Review (Westchester County)

The 2015-16 budget relies on nonrecurring funding of $14 million to finance operating expenditures which will not be available in future years. In addition, the city plans to borrow up to $13 million for tax certiorari settlements in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The city’s outstanding debt has grown almost 12 percent over the last 10 years. The city’s proposed 2015-16 budget complies with the property tax levy limit.