Acting on a request by the current administration of the Village of Rushville, The New York State Comptroller’s Office conducted an audit of the village’s finances and information technology (IT). Officially, the audit period was from June 1, 2016 to April 5, 2018; however, the origins of the most serious allegation stretch back into the prior administration’s handling of finances.
The key findings of the audit were that currently the board did not:
‒ Annually audit the Clerk-Treasurer’s records and report or conduct a thorough audit of claims.
‒ Ensure investments were made in compliance with New York State General Municipal Law (GML) As a result, the cemetery fund incurred a loss of approximately $62,000.
‒ Designate an official to certify payroll.
‒ Develop proper IT controls.
At the Sept. 10 meeting of the board, Mayor John Sawers and Clerk-Treasurer/Tax Collector/Registrar/Records Management Officer Joanne Burley presented the results of the audit to the audience of about 25 village residents.