PRESS RELEASE |
What Does the Monroe County Legislature Do? Who Pays for It? Why Should You Care?
A basic premise of internal controls is to have adequate
supporting documentation for financial transactions.
There’s a reason the County’s system does not provide that.
They quite simply don’t want you to know.
Mendon, New York— We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Mendon Community Center to learn what the Monroe County really does with your hard-earned dollars.
Monroe County Legislator Howard Maffucci, whose hard work and success have led to his running unopposed in 2019, has made a study of county budgeting practices. What he has discovered is blatant misrepresentation; an alarming amount of waste; and a disturbing lack of reporting and accountability. Legislator Maffucci will walk you through the budget and discuss everything you need to know about where the money comes from, how it is allocated, and how it is spent.
While Monroe County officials assure the community that it maintains accounting integrity, the Office of the New York State Controller audited the County’s finances in 2018 on behalf of the taxpayers and concluded that the County:
• “did not produce a $12 million surplus” it claimed; rather, “the operating surpluses for 2016 and 2017 totaled $2.4 million, of which $1 million was from a 2017 one-time revenue that will not recur”
• “lacked readily available documentation to support significant amounts included in its annual reports and was unable to generate common financial reports”
• “has been rated as being in Significant Fiscal Stress for fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017”
Legislator Maffucci will be joined by Terry Daniele of Mendon, a candidate for the County Legislature from the Fifth Legislative District (which includes Mendon, Rush and parts of Henrietta and Pittsford). Both will answer your questions about how the budget – and county government – should work for you.
This event is sponsored by the Mendon Democratic Committee.