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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Budgeted Expenses...cont'd

The last Dispatch contract to review is for the Village of New York Mills. The Village of New York Mills dispatch contracts, like the Village of Yorkville, cover the period June 1 to May 31 of the following year. As was the case with all the other Dispatch contracts, none of the New York Mills contracts received from the Town of New Hartford are signed. Even though, we FOILed the signed documents from the Village of NYM, the Village Clerk has been unable to provide us with signed copies as well.

In answer to our FOIL request to receive copies of the 2005 thru 2008 signed contracts, the Town of New Hartford provided us with unsigned contracts for 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007.

So to figure the budgeted amount for New York Mills for 2007, we would need to figure:
January to May @ 2006 contract = 3,438
May to June @ 2007 contract = 6,256
Total 2007 budget = 9,694
For 2008, we would have to figure the 2007 contract price since no 2008 contract has been signed; therefore, the budgeted amount should be $10,725.

As you can see on the 2007 budget, only $8,500 in revenues was budgeted or $1,194 less than the contract. The 2008 budget shows $8,500 in revenues was budgeted or $2,225 less than the contract...assuming that there will no change in the contracted amount when the 2008 contracts are finally signed. However, as we all know, the cost of maintaining any department goes up every year...Concerned Citizens wonders who is minding the store and why these additional costs are not being calculated into the contracts each year?

Yesterday, we received an answer from the New Hartford Town Clerk as to why we were not given the 2008 dispatch contracts as we requested in our FOIL:
The 2008 contracts for dispatch have not been presented to the Town Board yet for their approval.
Amazing, two (2) of the contracts should have been signed by May 1, 2007 and the third should have been signed by December 1, 2007. Why have no contracts been signed? Are these villages even paying the Town of New Hartford for Dispatch Services without a contract at this point? Why are the budgeted revenues for Dispatch less than the contracts...contractual revenue should be a "no-brainer" at budget time.

Next, we will look at the other revenues that seem to be missing dollar amounts in the 2008 budget. We are waiting for a couple of more FOILed documents that should 'shed some light' on the situation.

To be continued...

1 comment:

Logger said...

Sounds to me like a conspiracy of silence or gross incompetence from the Town and Villages.

Can government be this lax and allow payments to be made without a properly signed contract/agreement?