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Chairman Kevin Whitney Releases County Response to Preliminary State Audit

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Cortland County Legislative Chairman Kevin Whitney today (October 30) released a detailed response to a preliminary state audit of the county’s finances, specifically whether the Legislature has ensured county officials have accurate and complete financial information to properly manage operations

The state comptroller still hasn’t officially released the audit, but the draft version shows analysis of county financial records as far back as 2012.

Among its findings, the report concluded the Legislature failed to address several key extended vacancies in the budget office.

State auditors estimated these deficiencies to have cost the county at least $234K in accounting fees paid out for help correcting its financial records. Whitney’s response indicated that figure to be more than $350K.

In his response, Whitney addressed each of the state’s conclusions with details on actions the legislature either has taken or will take to fix each point.

County leaders hired both a finance director (effective July 2019) and an assistant finance director (effective September 2019) to better manage financial projects.

A county administrator committee has also been interviewing candidates to fill that opening since the beginning of this year.

Additionally, a special meeting to vote on adopting the 2020 budget has again been postponed, after initially being rescheduled from tomorrow night to November 12.

Legislators will now consider adopting a budget during the agenda of the regular legislative session on Thursday, November 21.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for all the updates along the way, both on 101.5 FM and at

Click here for the full comptroller’s report and click here to see Whitney’s full response.

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