"As a result, the ability of town and court officials to effectively monitor and control court operations is limited, and errors or irregularities could occur and not be detected or corrected," the report said.
Among the state's findings, according to Deputy Comptroller
-- The court listed
-- The town did not report
-- Bail totaling
"If these internal control components are lacking or malfunctioning, accountability over the Court's financial operations is greatly diminished," the audit said.
The new report, released Friday, covered a period from
The timeliness of the town's reporting created many of the issues for state auditors.
A test of 163 receipts showed 16 percent of them were not deposited by the court within 72 hours, making it "susceptible to loss, theft or inappropriate use of moneys for which the Justice is responsible."
Another review of 30 unresolved traffic ticket cases showed that they took an average of 91 days to address. Auditors said that delayed reporting could lead to fines and fees not being enforced, and the town losing revenues.
In a response letter from
"We believe that a breakdown in internal controls led to the insufficient monitoring of personnel incapable or unwilling to perform the appropriate tasks needed to maintain and operate the
He also said limited staff made it difficult to separate accounting functions without expanding staff to a level that was fiscally infeasible.
The town's response said its officials were discussing improvements to their reporting systems with their vendor to make their reporting more adequate. The town's court also wrote a check for the outstanding bail money, which included a list of names of people whose money has been held.
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