Independent audit confirms strong Fishkill Town finances

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FISHKILL – Town of Fishkill finances continue to be strong, according to an independent audit report. The study looked at the financial picture of both the financial picture in town government and justice court, according to the supervisor.

The report detailed increases to town fund balances in the general fund, town outside the Village of Fishkill, highway and capital projects funds.

The special districts fund saw a slight decrease in fund balance due to ongoing outside sewer services and water purchases. 

Increases in certain expenditures were offset by decreases to other budget lines, according to the report, and the total townwide accrual level increased $4.7 million from 2020 to a total of $26.2 million at the end of 2021.

Town Supervisor Ozzy Albra said the independent report, along with the Town’s Moody’s rating increase earlier this year, is evidence of strong financial management of town resources.

“This audit report confirms what we already knew, that we are maintaining excellent financial condition in the Town of Fishkill and we are fulfilling our obligation to manage taxpayer dollars responsibly,” Albra said. “That comes down to making prudent decisions with tax dollars and a talented and dedicated finance team.”

Councilman Carmine Istvan agreed. “Our Comptroller Sharon Mitchell and her entire staff in our finance office continue to do an excellent job working with the town board, and I’m very pleased to see the audit report confirm that we’re doing a good job,” he said.