Canterbury can’t afford to see its own audit

(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

CANTERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The town of Canterbury would like to see its mandated audit for the previous year’s spending but needs $11,000 to do so.

It still hasn’t received state funding due to the budget impasse at the state which would have helped cover the cost.

“It has been very frustrating,” said First Selectman (R) Roy Piper.

The bill for the mandated audit of last year’s finances is $18,000 and needs to be paid in full.

“We only have a little over six thousand so that leaves just over $11,000 that we need to make up,” said Piper.

The first selectman hopes the board of finance will let him transfer $11,000 from another line item so they can get the audit results and a clearer picture of the town’s finances.

“It verifies what monies we had left over from last year and makes sure that we spent monies as appropriate,” said Piper.

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Like many towns Canterbury which is operating on last year’s budget is now looking to cut spending even more in anticipation of a $2 million cut to Education Cost Sharing funding from the state.

Already hours of operation have been cut at the town hall and town library. But they’ve also cut back the hours and pay for some workers and DPW crews took a furlough day last quarter.

“They can only do so much they have their hands tied,” said resident Donald Woford.

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(Photo: Tina Detelj/WTNH)

He applauds the town’s effort to cut costs. There haven’t been any layoffs but vacant positions haven’t been filled and taxes could go up 1.8 mills.

“I don’t want my taxes going up like anybody else,” said Woford.

The town will know better what it needs to do once it finds out what funding it will get from the state.

At Wednesday’s board of finance meeting the first selectman will be asking to have $11,000 transferred from a reserve account so the town can get the audit fee paid. The meeting is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

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