The Town of Cortlandville was included on the latest round of municipal audits from the State Comptroller’s Office.
That report said that Town officials may have inappropriately spent more than $22 and half thousand dollars to improve and maintain a Board member’s property with no lease agreement in place.
According to the Comptroller, the work performed on that property raises potential issues under the State Constitution because no contract was in place at the time. The constitution generally prohibits the expenditure of town money for the benefit of private parties.
Typically, a town would need a leasehold interest, or at least a license for town use, to spend funds to improve private property.
The recommendations made in that report included considering the legal implications of the arrangement and consulting with the Town attorney as to whether it may be appropriate to recoup the initial costs for improving the private property.
DiNapoli says district officials agreed with his recommendations and plan to take corrective action.