Anyone who has been following our blog knows that getting FOILed information from the Town of New Hartford is like pulling teeth!
We first FOILed the 2006 Town of New Hartford Audited Financial Statement in March 2007; at that time we were told it wasn't ready. We kept asking the Town Clerk when do you expect to receive the report...June, July we kept asking...the answer...not available yet.
On January 3, 2008, we once again submitted a FOIL request for the 2006 audited financial statements.
Today we received a copy of the financials along with the Independent Auditors' Report that is dated October 15, 2007. According to the report:
Hmm...interesting! Probably why Frank Basile's contract reads the way it does!
In our opinion, because of the effects of the matter discussed in the preceding paragraph, the financial statements referred to above do not present fairly, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, the financial position of the Town of New Hartford, New York as of December 31, 2006 or the changes in financial position thereof for the year ended.
...We have applied certain limited procedures, which consisted principally of inquiries of management regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the required supplemental information. However, we did not audit the information and express no opinion on it.
UPDATE: By the way, the 2006 Financials seemed to appear rather quickly after a member of Concerned Citizens filed a Notice of Claim against the Town of New Hartford!
Could it get any worse? Oh, YES...stay tuned!