The Rochester City School District budget deficit is under review by the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, weeks after elected officials called for an audit by his office.
Local staff dug into the more-than $30 million shortfall, according to DiNapoli, who appeared at a UAW picket at GM"s Rochester factory.
DiNapoli said after receiving a request from Rochester mayor Lovely Warren and state legislators, he assigned the comptroller's office staff in Rochester to review the district's nearly billion dollar budget. DiNapoli said he made the audit a priority because of the link the school district’s spending has to the city's finances.
"That's why we're going to get to the bottom of things here," DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli expects the audit to take months. Rochester's school board has its next audit public meeting session this week.
"We've done audits in the past and we found some shortcomings," DiNapoli said. "We'll see whether what we've identified in the past in the cause of the problem or if there are some other issues. But I think everybody's focused on straightening out the problems with the city school district's finances."
DiNapoli said he would not be meeting with city school district staff.