Tuesday, March 13, 2012


On Monday New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed the audits of the Town of Chateaugay, Commack Fire District, Town of Concord, Town of Ghent, Town of Hartland and the Town of Tuxedo.

"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."

The Comptroller's efforts focused on fleet management with the town of Hartland, and the office's news release says:

The board did not adopt a fleet management policy or complete a formal needs assessment before adding new vehicles or equipment to the fleet. The highway superintendent did not maintain key records, such as daily use logs and vehicle/equipment repair costs, which the board would need for conducting a comprehensive review of utilization. As a result, town officials may be purchasing vehicles and/or equipment that is not fully utilized, and the fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment may be larger than necessary for the town’s needs.

You can download the entire audit - and response - here: