State audit finds Greenville tax collector had unidentified bank balance

ALBANY – An audit by the State Comptroller’s Office found that Town of Greenville Tax Collector records included an unidentified bank balance of $4,637 as of January 1, 2018 and $17,068 as of December 4, 2019.

The audit said the local official should identify the unidentified outstanding bank balance, properly account for all money received, and ensure that all collections are remitted to appropriate parties.

The state review also said property tax collections totaling $5.4 million and penalties totaling $9,719 were not remitted in accordance with town law.

State officials said the tax collector should remit collected funds to the town supervisor and county treasurer in accordance with town law and that the tax collector retain all supporting documentation for payments received and deposit all cash receipts as soon as reasonably possible and in accordance with limits established by town law.

Town officials generally agreed with the state findings and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.

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