The New York state comptroller has released his audit findings for Dutchess County.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s report finds the budgeted revenues and expenditures for Dutchess County’s 2014 proposed budget were reasonable and the budget was structurally balanced. However, the audit finds the general fund balance was used to cover shortages in the county’s enterprise funds – for airport and bus services. The audit notes the general fund balance decreased by nearly $9.4 million between 2010 and 2012. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro points out a recently completed assessment of the county airport includes recommendations for self-sufficiency. He also says county leaders will continue to evaluate how to increase efficiencies and revenues when it comes to public transit. Molinaro says the audit underscores the need for mandate relief.