Town of Binghamton Supervisor Speaks Out

By Kelly McCarthy

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Town of Binghamton Supervisor responds to a state audit that revealed money was missing.

"It's not easy to hear that come out however we've taken a look at our policies and procedures and we've already implemented 95% of what was recommended by the comptroller's office," said Tim Whitesell, Town of Binghamton Supervisor.

According to the state comptroller's office, the Town's youth program is missing more than $4,000 from its accounts.

There was also nearly $50,000 in late deposits from the water and sewage bill payments, but they have been made.

"I guess you could say that it is mismanagement and again that falls on my shoulders, again we have taken responsibility of the issue, we've corrected the issue with the youth activities and a large part of that is what we feel is dealing with cash, and we no longer accept cash," said Whitesell.

The Town Supervisor says it's a result of a town board that's worked together for more than twenty years.

"Just complacent, and lax, and obviously when that happens mistakes can be made and what came out of the report was that several mistakes were," said Whitesell.

The town is still unable track the missing $4,650 and is working with the town attorney to move forward.