The trainings listed below are free for paid 2021 members only.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, from 10 am-12 pm via Zoom (link to be emailed at a later date).
Subject: Hot Topics & Legal Updates
Presented by: Katie Hodgdon (AOT) & Joseph K. Gerberg (NYSORPTS)
Here We Go Again: Hot Topics in Real Property Tax Collection
Katie Hodgdon, Counsel, Association of Towns
While many things have changed in the last year, one thing definitively remains the same – taxes must still be collected. During this process, the collecting officer remains a calm beacon in the storm, navigating the taxpayers through these unchartered waters. This interactive session – questions are encouraged - will provide an overview of the tax collection process and then delve into some of the pressing questions that have arisen over the last year, including, among others, can the county refuse to relevy delinquent water charges? Are office hours still required during the state disaster emergency? Does 24 hours mean 24 hours when it comes to depositing tax payments? How can I collect during a state disaster emergency when the town hall is closed? Hope to see you there!
Real Property Tax Collection Legislative Update
Joseph Gerberg, Associate Attorney, NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services
Katie Hodgdon, Association of Towns
This session will provide a comprehensive review of legislation and executive orders enacted over the last year that affects tax collecting officers and a look at the relevant portions of the 2021-2022 state budget. Following the legislative update, the panel will take questions.
Tuesday, August 10th, 2021, from 10 am-12 pm via Zoom (link to be emailed at a later date).
Subject: Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) Audits: What to Expect
Presented by: Dan Acquilano, Manager of Local Offical's Training, Division of Local Government and School Accountability, NYSOSC
OSC Audits: What to Expect
What can you expect if your Town is selected to be audited by the State Comptroller's Office? This session will familiarize you with the entire audit process: from its early stages to the final report. Learn what the auditors are looking for, the professional standards they follow, and your role in the process. There will be a discussion on common findings and recommended practices before an audit.
Bio: Dan Acquilano is the Manager of the Local Official Training Unit. He joined the Division of Local Government and School Accountability in 2005 and worked as an auditor in the Rochester Region until 2014. Since then, he has been presenting at many local government conferences and OSC's accounting schools as part of the Local Official Training Unit.
Dan has built relationships with many of the local government associations with which OSC partners provide training to all levels of local government in New York State. Outside of the Comptroller's Office, Dan is a certified Master Trainer in the United States Navy and a faculty advisor at the US Navy War College's Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island.
Dan graduated with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Dan is also an honors graduate of the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.