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Yorktown Seeks Residents for Audit Advisory Group

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Looking for "another set of eyes" to examine the town's financial reporting, the Yorktown Town Board will be seeking residents to serve on a Citizens Audit Advisory Committee.

The five to seven-member board was recommended to be established by Yorktown's external auditor Joe Klimek, but Town Comptroller Joan Goldberg said it was not being suggested "because anything is wrong."

Instead, Goldberg said it's become common practice for school districts and municipalities to have a volunteer group assist with financial matters.

"It helps educate the public. The public has to understand what is involved," said Supervisor Michael Grace . "They're advisory and they have to understand they're advisory. Our decisions have political ramifications. We need someone to say you can't always worry about politics."

Town board members Nick Bianco and Terrence Murphy wholeheartedly supported the creation of the committee.

"I think it's a great idea," Murphy said. "We have some of the smartest people in Westchester County right here in the Town of Yorktown. Some are financial geniuses."

Bianco said there are times when such committees can work against the goals of the voting authority.

"A citizens committee can be a scapegoat for a town board or school board to raise taxes," Bianco said. "Sometimes it can be used as an excuse. I think some school districts have done that cleverly. A lot of this stuff is not rocket science. You have to be prudent."

The town board will officially approve a resolution endorsing the Citizens Audit Advisory Committee next week.

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