Does Tyrone need an audit?
TYRONE—Members of the Tyrone planning group asked the town board to do an audit to examine the town’s financial status, during the Tuesday, June 11, regular meeting.
Jack Wilbert, planning board chairperson, suggested an audit during his report. He explained members of the group asked for a review of the 2013 budget in order to obtain grant funds. After the meeting John Sullivan, another planning member, said at least seven people on the board want an audit. Sullivan explained a financial review might show where funds are needed so the town can apply for grants.
Supervisor Gary Jackson explained the town hasn’t done an audit since Phil Davis was supervisor. Clerk Deb Tyler said she doesn’t know the exact year of the audit, but added Davis’ last year as supervisor was eight years ago. Jackson said paying for an audit would cost the town between $6,000 and $8,000. Jackson also said the New York State Comptroller’s Office has all of the annual financial reports, referred to as AUDs, on file. He said this means the state is reviewing the town finances regularly and that the board can apply for available grants.
However, Jackson said Tyrone is not high enough risk to be eligible for most grants. He added money is out there, but not for what the town needs. Roberta Sparling, justice clerk, also said she has been unable to find grants for the town.
Residents spoke about the need for grants to make changes in Tyrone. Sullivan said, “this place hasn’t changed since 1960.” Comments included the need for new businesses in the town.
In other business:
• Residents also asked about the impact of Schuyler County’s tax deal with Inergy, LLC, on Tyrone. Jackson said it will result in a loss of $30,000 that will need to be covered by cuts and taxpayer funds.
• Jackson said the town received a letter from the New York State Office of Real property Tax Services explaining Assessor Vicky Flynn’s term runs out Sept. 30 of this year. The state said someone needs to be appointed to the next six year term.
• Reporting for the highway department, Jackson said $5,000 was raised through Auctions International by selling surplus equipment.
The next town board meeting is Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.