iBerkshires: State Auditor Publishes Election Reimbursements
September 16, 2011
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump says the state must give cities and towns more than $2.48 million to cover the cost of extra mandated polling hours for the 2012 March Presidential primary, the September state primary and the November final elections.
The amounts dispersed vary wildly. North Adams will receive $6,552 and Pittsfield $14,742, with smaller communities like Williamstown ($1,161), Clarksburg ($684) and Sheffield ($603) getting much less.
The auditor's Division of Local Mandates determined in 1983 that a state law requiring municipalities to keep voting places open three extra hours was an unfunded mandate and that the state must pay for the increase in election-day staffing costs. The hours are usually earlier and later than regular municipal elections.
Auditor Bump's Interview on NECN
September 1, 2011
On Wednesday Auditor Suzanne Bump was a guest on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude. Auditor Bump talked about her recent audits of three education collaboratives and her proposed reforms for the Massachusetts education collaborative system. Watch the full interview below.
Brockton Enterprise: Former special education group director earned more in salary than pension law allowed, audit says
September 1, 2011
Martin T. Hanley Jr., retired Carver school superintendent, earned at least $118,000 more in salary than he was permitted under state pension law when he was executive director of a Brockton area special needs collaborative.
This finding was among the conclusions drawn by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump in a review of the financial operations at the READS Collaborative, where Hanley worked, and two other educational collaboratives: Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative, based in New Bedford and Merrimack Special Education Collaborative, based in Billerica.