ALBANY – The town of Busti was the focus of a recent audit by the State Comptrollers Office that found the town had unnecessarily increased taxes for some residents.
The audit states that the town board and town supervisor unnecessarily increased tax rates for town residents residing within the village of Lakewood, and subsequently lowered tax rates for town residents living outside of the village. At issue was how the town allocated the cost of a $135,000 truck for the highway department in 2014.
Due to the special circumstances, the report stated that the board should have acted on a resolution that stated how the funding would be spent, rather than simply include it in the budget.
Town officials responded to the letter by acknowledging the oversight, but also stating they were within their right to appropriate the money the way they did because of a shared service agreement the town has with the village.