Stockport could be missing $250K - Columbia-Greene Media: News

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Stockport could be missing $250K

Town may have to raise tax rates, cut funding in some areas to make up for shortfall

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:30 am | Updated: 11:42 pm, Thu Nov 1, 2012.

STOCKPORT — As much as $250,000, and possibly more, is unaccounted for in the finances of the town of Stockport, the county’s smallest town in physical size, and with a population of approximately 2,800 people.

The discovery was made after Supervisor Matt Murrell hired a private accounting firm to analyze the town’s books, and the town’s bookkeeper left office. Murrell announced the news to residents at a public meeting Tuesday.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 10 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 10 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 518-828-1616. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



  • Discuss

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Scorpion86 posted at 8:33 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    Scorpion86 Posts: 15

    Now the State Comptrollers office is saying they never recieved a request for audit. Guess what if Mr Murell is going to lie to the tax payers then its time we take matters in our own hands. Here is the link to file a complaint to the State Comptrollers office

    And suggest that people take a stand and over run that meeting on the 30th!

  • Pip Nosher posted at 3:32 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    Pip Nosher Posts: 1

    Cutting or reducing the Stockport police force is a terrible idea. And a quarter of a million dollars doesn't just disappear. Whether it happened over the course of several years or in a matter of months, that is mismanagement on a grand scale (if not "misappropriation"). I am very interested to hear the results of the audit.

  • fresh posted at 1:42 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    fresh Posts: 51

    Here we go with comments from the clown club. IF people are being honestat their duties they have nothing to worry about. if not they deserve what they get. stuyvesantveiw has had no problem until now with Mark F. she just jumpin on the banwagon so she can sound politically correct!

  • stuyvesantview posted at 10:14 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    stuyvesantview Posts: 175

    Mark Fitzgerald has been the accountant/bookkeeper for Stuyvesant as well. I bet he works for some other Republican Towns as well. Probably has been for decades. What was that about one-party rule? Time for some sunshine and fresh faces in Columbia County Towns.

  • Yea Right posted at 9:38 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Yea Right Posts: 52

    Good point Zacs Dad, and with one party rule at state government, Gov and Comptroller, we're looking at a $50 Billion Dollar deficit. The fox watching the hen house, comes to mind...

  • Zacksdad posted at 8:22 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Zacksdad Posts: 295

    Scorpion ,we get water from the spring on high bridge rd in chatham-great water free! Stockport water has been lousy for 30 years.I think part of the money problem is due to cuts in State Dept. of audit and control.They used to regularly audit small towns,now it is up to the town another great example of decentralizing government.I suspect the towns will have to get an independent auditor on a regular basis now . It also shows that one party government can be poor if no one really confronts those in power and goes over books thoroughly.

  • forcedoutofny posted at 10:17 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    forcedoutofny Posts: 15

    Good leadership from Mr. Murrell...

  • Ernest posted at 8:27 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Ernest Posts: 34

    The article says "It is still not known how many other years the town was misappropriating fund balances."

    Isn't "misappropriating" a charge of unlawful use? As we don't know that yet, correct? There should be a correction for this story.

  • mbts123 posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    mbts123 Posts: 1

    Hmmmm,,,another small town missing money and the bookkeeper suddenly leaves....oh,,and I think somebody tried to set the townhall on fire eariler in the year.....You really wonder if it is really "missing"????????

  • Scorpion86 posted at 7:58 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Scorpion86 Posts: 15

    So a prior Elected official mismanaged funds and the tax payer is now at fault, What a suprise! Let's make us pay more for the water that we cannot drink. Does anyone live in Kings Acres? The water is brownish if you put it in a glass, causing me to spend an additional $100/month on 5 gallon jugs. As far as cutting the Police force, seems like a dumb move to me. Especially because of past events that have taken place in this County. I guess if you threaten to take away a service that provides safety to it's residents than the tax payer would be more willing to bend over and have the higher taxes forced upon them. But to be quite honest there has been 2 occasions where I had called the police and now one ever arrived, aside from the people who drive through the development like it was I-90 due to lack of police presence. Waiting for the day one of the kids in the neighborhood gets hit like a deer to make someone realize there is a problem (godforbit if its one of mine). How about drive around and look at all of the homes that are for sale because of forclosure, making everyone else's value slump, what a great time to raise taxes. And Mr Leone I commend you for standing up to this Pulcher Vulcher-YES All official's that served under him should be diminished from office!
    That is all, I hope all of the residents stand up and go to the board meeting on the 30th. Its time people pay more attention to this!!

  • Good Ole Gus posted at 7:35 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Good Ole Gus Posts: 134

    Leo, Leo, Leo, who was minding the candy store?