Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ULSTER COUNTY PUBLIC AUCTION 04.23.2014

NOTICE OF 1 DAY SALE AT PUBLIC AUCTION OF COUNTY LANDS to be held at SUNY ULSTER, Quimby Theatre in Vanderlyn Hall on April 23, 2014 at 9:00AM

2014 Public Auction Brochure 1

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Practitioners of good government could have restarted the process to avoid any appearance of impropriety.!

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131207/NEWS/312070329/-1/NEWS Audit candidate spurs complaints Ulster lawmakers get a warning By James Nani Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM - 12/07/13 KINGSTON — Ulster County legislators are set to hire a new independent auditing firm for the county, despite warnings from the Ulster County comptroller that its relationship with the Legislature may lead to appearances of impropriety. The choice this year has been narrowed down to two firms: O'Connor Davies LLC or Toski and Co. The decision will go to the full Legislature Tuesday. Toski and Co. is the county's current independent auditor and the firm is in the running to continue down that path. The contract as the county's main auditor is worth $63,500 a year. O'Connor Davies, the other choice and favored by the Republicans' slim majority, came out two weeks ago with an audit of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein's tentative 2014 budget. The Ulster County Legislature hired O'Connor Davies in September at $65,000 for this year's audit and approved it, 19-2. Aside from a few minor cash shuffles and warnings, the firm painted a fairly rosy picture of Hein's budget in its analysis. Therein lies the problem, says the county's comptroller, Elliot Auerbach, a Democrat. He's put out several warnings to the Legislature that the process to pick the auditor had been flawed. Auerbach says O'Connor Davies should have dropped out of the running for official auditor once it accepted the job to do the budget analysis to avoid a conflict of interest. He also says awarding a three-year contract is too long and would go past the term of the current Legislature. "The appearance of impropriety is there," Auerbach says. Auerbach says the Legislature should go back to the drawing board to pick from a bigger pool of bidders. Republican Ken Ronk, the Legislature's majority leader, disagrees with Auerbach's analysis. A supporter of O'Connor Davies, he says different teams from the same firm would conduct the two different audits and a three-year contract would be cheaper than a one-year agreement. Ronk says O'Connor Davies already audits Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties. He's also concerned that if the process were started over, it could delay the auditing process that usually begins in December. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has sided with Auerbach. Hein says although no one is saying there's been wrongdoing, the comptroller is right that the current policy needs improvement. "An inherent conflict arises when any CPA firm is exposed to the potential for political pressure to shape their final budget analysis in return for being awarded a much larger and more lucrative annual audit contract," Hein said last month. jnani@th-record.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ulster County Sales Tax Decrease December 1st

ST-13-5 (11/13) Ulster County Decreases Sales and Use Tax Rate Effective December 1, 2013 Beginning December 1, 2013, Ulster County’s local sales and use tax rate decreases from 4% to 3%. Therefore, the combined state and local tax rate imposed in Ulster County decreases from 8% to 7%. This new tax rate applies to all taxable sales, services, deliveries, and uses in Ulster County. Questions??????? Visit THE Web site at www.tax.ny.gov • get information and manage your taxes online • check for new online services and features