Audit finds fault with Elizabethtown books

Both Merrihew and his personal clerk have completed the recommended training, he said, and town financial records were submitted to the town board at their Jan. 11 meeting after thorough scrutiny from an outside bookkeeper.

Merrihew said the town will continue to maintain its fuel records and periodic checks will be performed by the town board to ensure the records are accurate. Also, he said the town will revisit its relationship with both the fire district and emergency squad in regards to fuel usage.

He went on to offer reassurance to Elizabethtown taxpayers "that our books and their finances are in balance and accounted for."

"All bank accounts have been reviewed and verified by the outside bookkeeper," stated Merrihew. "Reconciliation of bank to book representation are in balance and all funds are accounted for."

"With the implementation of the comptroller's recommendations, I am confident that the town will continue in its solid financial position," he added.

Merrihew, who has been attending the New York State Association of Counties conference in Albany this week, has yet to be reached for further comment.

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