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STATE AUDIT OF GENESEE CITES TWO SHORTCOMINGS

A state comptroller's audit of Genesee County fiscal operations during 1988 criticized two aspects of money management.

In one instance, the audit found that the Department of Mental Health did not make timely transfers of funds to the county treasurer, thereby losing interest over 143 days. But the audit also noted that the county treasurer did not regularly make certain that funds on deposit were fully covered by bank collateral.

Other lapses noted were the county's failure to conduct bidding for a $16,000 microfilming contract and $11,400 in election supplies and said that certain road construction contracts, even though offered for bid, were not handled as prescribed by law.

The audit questioned the propriety of voucher payments to six county employees who provided certain Family Court services. The sums varied from $173 to $4,973. The recipients were the public defender, three of his aides and two assistant district attorneys.

The audit also question the propriety of payments varying from $775 to $12,269 to five other county employees including a county legislator, the county treasurer, a therapist, a nurse and a domiciliary care supervisor.

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