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NYS Comptroller audit of Town of Ontario, New York

Another disheartening audit involving local government. From the NYS Comptroller’s Office:

Town of Ontario – Information Technology, Financial Management and Procurement (2017M-137) Purpose of AuditThe purpose of our audit was to evaluate the Town’s IT controls, financial condition and purchasing practices for the period January 1, 2015 through March 2, 2017.BackgroundThe Town of Ontario is located in Wayne County and serves approximately 10,000 residents. The Town is governed by a five-member elected Town Board. The Town’s 2017 budgeted appropriations totaled $9.3 million.Key FindingsThe Board has not adopted IT policies to sufficiently protect its IT assets and did not ensure the adopted computer use and inventory policies were enforced or monitored.The Board has not reduced excessive fund balance; adopted a comprehensive multiyear financial or capital plan, or an adequate fund balance policy; or developed policies and procedures to govern budgeting practices.Lacking...(continued)
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