Johnsburg gains state approval

NORTH CREEK - The town of Johnsburg is the recipient of a "clean bill of health" following a recent audit by the New York State Comptroller's Office.

State auditors spent several days at the town hall examining records, making detailed reports and interviewing town officials and employees.

The exercise is commonly referred to as a "risk and assessment audit." It is intended to serve as a cursory examination of the town to determine if its finances require additional layers of scrutiny.

The audits occur randomly and without advance notice. Johnsburg's last audit was in 2002.

"What we learned is they won't tell you anything in writing unless it's bad," Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed stated following the audit.

"The last comment he made before he left was that he saw nothing within the town of Johnsburg that he could give recommendations about, or had to, and generally seemed to be very comfortable with the way that things were run," the supervisor said.

He pointed out the state's approval of the highway department and some inventory policies recently implemented by Superintendent Hitchcock.

Likewise auditors were complimentary of the town's bookkeeper, Candace Lomax, for her ability to find requested information quickly and efficiently.

Lomax and other town employees were commended for being proactive with new mandates that require them to report electric usage in a new manner. Johnsburg implemented the system well in advance of the mandate's deadline.

"We are actually ahead of the state curve," Goodspeed said. "and we're one of the first that this gentleman had audited that was managing it like this. So that was very good."

"It was a great experience," Lomax added. "I'm glad to have gone through it."

Beyond fiscal management, the auditors also examined how the town manages itself in terms of budget planning and cost saving measures.

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