Despite the audit, and even despite the allegedly pending at this time FBI investigation, the Delaware County did not become more diligent or cautious with taxpayer money.
The Delaware County adamantly claimed in response to my FOIL request that it does not have inventory (which means, it does not do accounting) of printing and scanning equipment bought with taxpayer money.
Considering that the audit of the New York State Comptroller found in May of 2015 that Delaware County allowed its workers to
- not only use County cars for their own (which I personally observed when I still lived in Delhi, when social workers dropped off their kids on the Legion field for various sports activities, stayed to watch the game and then loaded their kids back into County cars to transport them home),
- but also to sell good County cars for scrap to their family and friends, and considering the trick of "surplus sales" with printing and scanning equipment that Otsego County has been caught doing recently -
Then, Delaware County also claimed that its monthly cell phone bill is on 321 pages - that is in a poor rural County
- with under 50,000 people,
- with a population that continues to dwindle while the government, and the taxes, continue to grow,
- a County considered the 10th worst to live in in the United States, with 2nd highest heating and cooling costs in the country, seconding only Alaska.
While many people at high levels of the County government ran recently, and a new, but not so new, insider Acting County Attorney Amy Merklen was recently installed, it appears that Delaware County continues to buy new expensive equipment, while not having a proper accounting of what happened to the old equipment.
- Horses for crowd control in a ghost County?
- $7,000 imported police dogs?
- 321 pages of a County cell phone bill?
- A lot of county officials resigning - and no inventory of taxpayer funded equipment?
- And now - Nissan SUV new county cars?
- were these new vehicles purchased at a competitive price at a public auction, or again without public bidding, and, likely, with kickbacks to County officials who were in charge of buying these vehicles?
- was buying these new cars within the County budget?
- what funds were used for new cars?
- who specifically, which County officials have got those new cars?
- how many cars were bought?
- what cars and how much was paid for each?
- where did the old cars go -