Former supervisor has harsh words on audit

ESSEX-The former Essex town supervisor in the middle of the recent New York State Comptroller's Office audit of the office wants to know why he wasn't involved.

"I found it strange that the auditors never once called me or wrote me to ask questions about the situation," Ron Jackson, who served as the Essex supervisor until the end of 2009, said. "This does not show to me to be a very good audit."

Jackson said that along with not being contacted himself, his clerk, and members of the board were also not contacted.

"They did not talk to the board as far as I know and their talk with Lois (Sayward) was limited," Jackson said.

The comptroller's report, released June 13, said that there were several discrepancies in the general fund and sewer funds, as well as cash receipts at the Essex Transfer Station and the Essex Water District, costing the town over $22,000 in revenues that were owed to them.

"The sewer advances were done as the auditors told us to do it," Jackson said. "If they would have asked me about it, I would have told them that."

Jackson did say that there was a mistake made in the $22,000 discrepancy in transfer station tickets, but that since, the error has been repaid.

"No money was siphoned off or is missing," Jackson said. "These are accounting errors."

Jackson also said that the discrepancy was a matter that fell into the town clerk's office, not the supervisor's clerk.

"That was handled through me and Audrey (Hoskins, town clerk)," Jackson said. "It had nothing to do with Lois. It is there in the audit."

Jackson said that some wording in the audit could have been worded better.

In responding to who was over the transfer station situation, current town board member Sharon Boisen replied through e-mail to the question.

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