Here is the second one copied directly from page 3 of the "DRAFT" 2016 audit letter to the town board:
A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance.
We consider the deficiency described in the accompany schedule of findings and recommendations as item 2016-1 to be significant deficiency.
According to page 5 of the 2016 "DRAFT" audit, or whatever it is called at the moment:
Findings~ Financial Statements Audit
Criteria: The Town's procurement policy under the New York State General Municipal Law 103 and 104(b) requires the following:
- Purchases for $1,000 and $19,999 ($34,999 for public works projects) will require at least three (3) informal price quotes, unless it is determined that formal price quotes are required.
- Purchases for public works contracts at $35,000 or more require formal competitive bidding.
- In determining the necessity for competitive bidding, the aggregate (accumulative) cost of an item or commodity being purchased in a fiscal year must be considered. It is prohibited to artificially divide purchases to satisfy threshold amounts.
Cause: Unknown Effect or potential effect: Non-compliance.
Recommendation: The Town should institute systems and procedures to insure compliance with its procurement policy.
Oh, yes...how many times did I write about this?
- Wonder What Changed their mind? posted February 10, 2016
- Noteworthy items from the March 9, 2016 town board meeting… posted March 17, 2016
- Oh, wait! Did we say it might be FEMA-related? posted August 9, 2016
Just so everyone understands, the $500,850 mentioned in the audit finding is only the amount spent on "no bid" work for 2016. The actual total of "no bid" work is far more!
At last night's town board meeting, one of the councilmen inquired as to the status of the 2016 Final Audit. Tyksinski assured them that is was just about done and will be ready soon. (He said it would be ready within a week...two weeks top at the May 30, 2017 appeal meeting). He also said that there are some changes and additions to the audit.
Funny that the four (4) councilmen don't know anything about the audit at this point. Since they are the overseers of the audit, shouldn't they be aware of any changes or additions before Tyksinski signs off on the audit?
Yeah, sure, any day now, oh Exalted One! Is it because you were able to convince D'Arcangelo that the no bid contracts were really FEMA-related? I highly doubt it! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!