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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

December 2, 2019

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits have been issued.

Town of Ancram – Financial and Capital Planning (Columbia County)

The board did not develop multiyear financial or capital plans. In addition, auditors found the board also did not adopt a fund balance and reserve policy.

Town of Shawangunk – Sewer District Charges (Ulster County)

The town did not have a written agreement or basis for rates charged to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision DOCCS for sewer services. The town also charged sewer district users more than was necessary.

Town of Union Vale – Payroll (Dutchess County)

The town overpaid $134,658 in payroll, leave and health insurance payments. Auditors found the health insurance overpayments included $19,400 for ineligible individuals. In addition, direct supervisors did not always sign time sheets as required.

Town of Westfield – Real Property Acquisition (Chautauqua County)

Auditors found that town officials did not use a thorough process in real property acquisition. Town officials expended $361,000 acquiring property for historical preservation. At the time of purchase, the property had an estimated full market value of $243,000.

Village of West Haverstraw – Summer Program (Rockland County)

The program coordinator, who deposited receipts for the 2018 program, did not deposit all funds intact. The coordinator held cash to pay vendors and reimburse staff who purchased incidentals for the program. Payments made to a movie theater totaling $4,730 were not documented. These payments were made in cash and no receipts were provided at the time of service.

City of Yonkers – Internal Controls Over Cash Collections (Westchester County)

The clerk’s office forfeited 30 percent of its revenues ($17,241) collected from credit card payments because the vendor improperly withheld funds. Auditors found that ice rink collections totaling $5,364 were unaccounted for due to inadequate segregation of duties. In addition, cash was not deposited for as many as 93 days after being collected.

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