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Thursday, June 16, 2016

State audit takes issue with Cattaraugus-Little Valley school district

This is a summary review of a State Comptroller review of the Cattaraugus-Little Valley school district:
The unrestricted fund balance for the district has consistently exceeded Real Property Tax Law limits. The district’s unrestricted fund balance was approximately $3.6 million (14 percent of the ensuing year’s budget) or approximately $2.6 million over the legally allowable limit and is projected to remain at nearly the same level at the end of 2015-16. Although the board and district officials annually appropriated a portion of fund balance towards the subsequent year’s budget, the total amounts appropriated were mostly not used because district officials overestimated appropriations. In addition, district officials consistently budgeted for expenditures that could have been paid for with reserve funds. Had district officials retained the same tax levy each subsequent year as in 2012-13, residents could have realized approximately $410,000 in cumulative tax savings.
The full audit can be found HERE.