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Audit finds weak spots in town of Manlius

A state audit of the town of Manlius has revealed the town inappropriately spent over $100,000 in granting benefits to workers.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said auditors found the town of Manlius to have weak financial controls in four categories: the segregation of payroll duties, payroll certification, hiring practices and employee compensation.

He said that the town incurred more than $100,000 in inappropriate benefit expenses during 2006 and 2007, spending $80,000 for health insurance benefits and more than $23,000 in leave time and other fringe benefits that were improperly provided to officers, employees and retirees -- without formal town board authorization.

"The audit showed that taxpayers money is not being misused or misspent; resolutions were just not formally approved," said Supervisor Mark Tetley, who added that his office is working closely with the state to resolve any audit issues.

In addition, the audit says because the town's policy did not address the procurement of professional services, officials did not always seek competition for professional and other services. This action led to a total procurement of $13,000 for maintenance and repair services, $87,000 in attorney fees and $86,400 in information technology consulting services.

The audit began shortly after Tetley too office in January. It encompasses the years 2006 and 2007.

"My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver."

To read a copy of the audit, go to osc.state.ny.us. To read more on the town and how it plans to rectify audit issues, read next week's Eagle Bulletin, available Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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