We have been told by employees of the town at the time, that the auditor a Mr. Bob Elliot, did in fact look at all financial information. The supervisor at the time Evelyn Wood and her secretary Sally Feihel, were told when he first came in April, that he would be going through everything to determine where he wanted to focus his attention. This stage is called the audit planning review. Mr. Elliot went through everything, bank statements, payroll, journal entries, bank deposits, every aspect of all financial day to day operations, that deal with the Town of Thurman. He even met with the tax collector, the town clerk, the assessors, highway superintendent,everyone. Mr. Elliot went back as far back as 2012 in his search. Once this was done, he then decided to focus on the garbage bags and the capital projects. Which he did and the reports can be found on the NYS Comptroller's website.
The current administration have been told this many times, yet they say this is not true. They are using their way of thinking to validate the need for an outside CPA to come in to do the supervisor's job for her as well as a way to go back to 2012 looking for anything they can that they can try to fault the previous administration on. They refuse to believe that the auditor looked everything over and found nothing to focus an audit on in that area.
The NYS Comptroller's office was contacted and asked if the audit did in fact look over everything, or was it solely looking at information on the garbage bags and capital projects. Here is the what was asked and what was received as a reply from the Comptroller's office;
“Dear Mr. Gifford,
Thank you for responding to the information we sent to Comptroller DiNapoli in May of 2017. You stated that you did an audit in the Town of Thurman recently. Was it a complete audit, or just an audit of the information the two reports cover? Thank you for your help.
Sincerely, Thurman Citizens Group”
Answer received back:
“Thurman Citizens Group,
During our audit planning we review all aspects of the Town's financial operations to identify the specific areas of risk to focus our audit on. If you have any questions about our audit process, feel free to contact me.”
NYS Office of the State Comptroller Division of Local Government and School Accountability
One Broad Street Plaza
Glens Falls, NY 12801
T 518.793.0057 F 518.793.5797
The board was told this again at the last town board meeting on June 13th, and still says that is a lie. It is clear that this supervisor and town board care nothing about the truth or facts, even when it comes right from the Comptroller's themselves. They want to simply dig into the past and try to manufacture information to suit their agenda. If this has not been clear to people in the past, it certainly should be now.
In the audio clip below you will hear Councilwoman Joan Harris state over and over that the comptroller did not look at anything other than documents that pertain to the garbage bags and capital projects, yet she also admits she was not there at the time. We spoke to Evelyn Wood and her secretary Sally Feihel, who were there and spoke to the auditor as well as sat with him for months going over everything, so they know what he looked at, yet Joan Harris and the board still refuse to believe this.
Attached below is the actual correspondence from the comptroller as documented proof as well as an audio clip of Joan Harris speaking with a Thurman citizen.
This recording is being use with permission from this citizen.
Are these the people you really want handling your tax dollars?
**More updates will be added to the blog post soon along with more documentation.**
Would you believe the people that were actually there and going through the audit process or would you believe the people that were not even employed by the town at the time and had no part of the audit process?