It is important for the Southampton Town Board to realize that, when trying to understand their capital accounts and the discrepancy therein, it is just like having a checkbook. With all those numbers and all those accounts, there is need for oversight. And with the weekly work sessions designed to dig through the fiscal problems of the past, and no solution to date, we begin to think something’s gotta give.
Work session after work session seems to go by, without a conclusion coming to pass. We acknowledge the fact the board is working hard to flush out information from various departments and sorting through the capital budget figure by figure. But we feel that some help may be required.
Firstly we need administrators that understand and fully grasp the processes and procedures relating to the fiscal discrepancy, to which their efforts are devoted
A reorganization of the way the town’s finances are handled appears apparent. With town budgets increasing dramatically —Â both east and west of Sag Harbor —Â it is clear that a certain level of expertise be applied to them. At the same time, we recognize the need for town board members —Â the ones who manage the check book — to become more familiar with how and where their money is being spent, and has a responsibility for overseeing the spending.
The missing $19 million was discovered in late January, and the full town board seems to be disgruntled by the fact that no solutions have come from the weekly work sessions designed to fix the problem.
Now the community, too, is disgruntled. If councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst proposes a change in the organization of the finance department to try to lessen the confusion, then we agree that this is not too hasty a decision.
We also support councilwoman Sally Pope’s resolution to request an audit from the state comptroller this week.
As taxpayers we want to feel confident our tax dollars are handled wisely.