By Brian Brock
Would you like to know how the town board spent your property taxes last year?
You should be able to.
Under New York Town Law, each town is required to file an annual financial report. This Annual Update Document (AUD) should be available from the Town Clerk, Dawn Ritz, or the Office of the State Comptroller within 60 days of the end of the year. (Nearly ninety-seven percent of towns speed the process by filing their AUDs electronically.) What is more, the town is required to publish notice of the availability of each AUD in the official newspaper.
Then how could you have missed these financial reports year after year? In 2013, an examination by the OSC of Town of Franklin Financial Operations found that our town has not been filing these required AUDs since the one for 2008. Even that one is available only from Albany. Continue reading…