Thursday, June 16, 2016

Audit suggests taxpayers in Addison school district not getting the best deal

This is a summary of a recent NY state audit of the Addison school district:
During the last three completed fiscal years (2012-13 through 2014-15), the board and district officials overestimated general fund appropriations by $7.3 million (9 percent) resulting in combined operating surpluses totaling $6.4 million. District officials used the operating surpluses to make interfund transfers totaling approximately $4 million and increase reserves by $1.6 million. As a result, four reserves with balances totaling $2.9 million (48 percent of total reserves) are overfunded and potentially unnecessary. In addition, $570,000 in appropriated fund balance was not needed to finance operations. These practices allowed the district to report year-end unrestricted fund balance at levels that essentially complied with the statutory 4 percent fund balance limit. However, the district’s recalculated unrestricted fund balance ranged between 16 to 18 percent of the ensuing year’s appropriations. As a result, the district’s tax levy was higher than necessary to fund operations. You can read the entire state review HERE.