Comptroller: Dunkirk City School District Overestimated Appropriations By An Average Of Nearly $4 Million A Year Between 2013-17

DUNKIRK-The Dunkirk City School District consistently overestimated appropriations by an average of $3.7 million a year between July 2013-May 2017 according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Office. 

General fund budgeted appropriations for the 2016-17 fiscal year totaled more than $40 million per DiNapoli. DiNapoli says from 2013-14 through 2015-16, the District realized operating surpluses and did not need to use any appropriated fund balance to finance operations.

The Comptroller provided the following key recommendations:

  • Adopt budgets that realistically reflect the District’s operating needs based on historical trends or other identified analyses.
  • Review all reserves to determine if the amounts reserved are necessary and reasonable.
  • Use surplus funds as a financing source for funding one-time expenditures, reducing District property taxes or funding needed reserves.

The full report, including the district’s comments, can be found here.