Comptroller / Receiver of Taxes
The Comptroller is appointed by the Town Board. Under New York State Town Law, the Comptroller is vested with the responsibility of managing all details related to the fiscal operations of the Town. The Comptroller acts as financial steward of all Town assets, and is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Town’s financial information which is required for accurate and effective decision making by management and the governing body of the Town.
The Comptroller is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the Town including financing, investment, cash and debt management, capital and operating analysis, and timely reporting of all financial activity to the Town Administrator, Town Board, and the New York State Comptroller.
The Comptroller’s office consists of a staff of five full-time employees and one part-time employee. The major functions performed by the department are:
- Accounts payable
- Accounts receivable
- Employee benefits administration
- Payroll and related taxes
- Property tax billing and collection
- Purchasing and procurement
Accounting and financial reporting consistent with "generally accepted accounting principles - GAAP", "Governmental Accounting Standards Board - GASB"; and the NYS Office of the Comptroller.
Under New York State law, the Receiver of Taxes is charged with the responsibility of billing and collecting all Town, County, School, and Special District Taxes levied within the Town. The Tax Department is part of the Comptroller’s office.
In addition to periodic audits by the New York State Office of the Comptroller, the Town’s financial records are audited by an independent, certified public accounting firm (copies of the complete audit are available through the Town Clerk’s office by request).