Audit Finds Marathon Village Board Overspent Waterfund by $172k
The New York State Comptroller’s Office has found some issues in the Village of Marathon following an audit of the villages books.
As part of an ongoing review of all municipalities and taxing entities in New York, the State Comptroller conducted a review of the Village of Marathon finances.
State Auditors looked at the books from 2010 to 2011, the review found some deficiencies in villages policies and procedures and also found an issue in the Village’s water fund.
The Comptroller say Marathon Mayor John Pittman and the Board of Trustees did not adequately manage the water fund.
The board over spent the water fund by $172,000 in 2011.
Auditors say this occurred because the Mayor and the board adopted budgets that required the use of unexpended surplus funds that were not available and because they failed to control expenses and stay within their budget.
The Comptroller says if the practice continues, the village finances will deteriorate.
The board has begun to address the problem by increasing water rates and improving its procedures for adopting budgets.
Village Trustee Patricia McConnell says the issue was the result of village having to spend thousands of dollars to find a new public water source; the Village has had several problems with its public wells, just last year residents defeated a proposal to replace an aging water tank in the village.
The Comptroller was also critical of Mayor Pittman’s decision to allow Village Clerk Sylvia Boice to handle virtually all aspects of Village fianances including recording disbursements, preparing disbursement checks, signing the checks, mailing the checks, producing reports for the board and preparing bank reconciliations.
McConnell says she is concerned that the board has no way to verify the information they receive monthly is accurate.
McConnell says trustees do not have access to the villages computer system to monitor reports and transactions.
Mayor Pittman did not return calls for comment on the report.