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Audit in the best interest of North Collins

No matter what the reason, the bottom line in the Town of North Collins is that the figures do not add up.

As a result, the North Collins Town Board approved spending $7,500 for an outside audit of the supervisor’s budget for 2012 at the request of Supervisor Rosaline Seege, who proposed retaining Laura L. Landers of FreedMaxick to perform the audit.

One of the main reasons this is being conducted is because currently, there is about $116,000 that is not accounted for in the Town of North Collins.

While $7,500 may seem like a lot of money to spend on such a matter, the bigger picture is that the Town of North Collins has a gaping hole in its finances that is going to take a lot of work to figure out and try and fix.

“The checkbook wasn’t balanced, cash receipts were not appropriately filed, debts were entered as credits and inappropriate fund numbers were used,” Agnes Parks, town bookkeeper, told the board during a special meeting on May 28.

While this certainly does not mean that anything illegal was done, it does signal there were actions taken which were not done properly.

There is no good excuse to taxpayers as to why there is $116,000 in funds that are not accounted for.

The Sun believes if this can help either find some of the missing money or help institute changes to the current bookkeeping system, the $7,500 is money well spent.

• For those who need to be traveling through the Village of Hamburg this weekend (June 8 and 9), make sure you build in some extra time to get to your destination.

After being away for a year, Bike Race Weekend is returning for its 4th installment, and will be held on Saturday and Sunday. We are happy to see it back after it was not held in 2012.

This is a fun event to bring the kids out to and there is a complete coverage of the event starting on Page 1.

Another great sign that the summer months are upon us and The Sun will continue to update its readers on events throughout the summer.

Hopefully after a year away from the Bike Race weekend, it can be bigger and better and a long tradition will follow.

• Another popular staple in the summer months are the summer concert series throughout our coverage area, and The Sun will be updating those listings in our weekly Sun Scene section.

These series are very popular and draw great crowds as the concert organizers draw in a nice mix of musical styles each and every week, which range from Beatles music to Country and many forms in between.

Get your lawn chairs ready, pack up some snacks and enjoy great local music throughout the summer months in the Southtowns.

• As you drive through the streets of the Village of Hamburg, we hope you take note of the latest round of “Hometown Heroes” banners that have been placed.

This is a great project, started almost two years ago by Sue Jantzi, to honor those who are serving or have served in the military.

Less than two years ago, Jantzi presented the idea to the Hamburg Village Board, who supported the project and now has seen it expand a bit in 2013.

This is a great way to say thank you to the men fine men and women who serve or served our country. They put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and this is a great way to honor them. It is great to see the sight of the blue flags lined up and down parts of Buffalo and Main Streets. We would like to say thank you to all of those who are being honored.


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