It was just a couple of days ago that the Town sent us an official denial of our FOIL request for a copy of the DRAFT audit report; the denial was received from the Town Clerk on Wednesday, January 19, 2011. In their denial they offered to give us the final audit once it is released or we could appeal their decision to deny us.
No need to appeal their decision to not release an audit that has already been reported on in the Observer Dispatch a couple of times over the past week or so and that according to rumor is in the hands of many people! No need to send us a copy of the final audit either!
Today, Friday, January 21, 2011, the final audit is on the Comptroller's website and we now have a copy.
A quick glance through the report reveals that there is much more than what has already been reported in the Observer Dispatch. We will be blogging on this report over the next few days.
For now, we are making it available for everyone to read.
By the way, here are the links to the Observer Dispatch articles in case you missed them:
Audit: New Hartford failed to collect tax penalties;
Official didn’t charge herself, draft report states
Audit: Some NY Mills taxpayers paid for 2 police departments
Our view: New Hartford needs sound fiscal manager
AT ISSUE: Latest fiasco with receiver of taxes demonstrates need for oversight