BUFFALO, NY - A new Erie County Comptroller's audit on county gas cards is causing some controversy.
Both the County Executive and Comptroller are so divided on the issue they can't even agree on some basics in the report
County workers have a system to fill up vehicles while on the job but comptroller Stefan Mychajliw claims there's "no checks and balances" in the system.
"In no way, shape or form are we pointing fingers or saying that this is this one individual's fault. From what we understand based on our audit, they're doing the best they can, but it's a little bit too much to ask one person to be in charge of the entire county fleet," said Mychajliw.
Mychajliw says there are gas cards that are stored in a desk in an open unlocked office.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county doesn't even use a gas card system.
"We don't issue gas cards in county government, so I don't know if the comptroller reviewed a different county. We don't issue gas cards in Erie County government. My understanding is that it actually went to media before it came into our office," said County Executive Poloncarz
The comptroller's report also found that a number of county workers are using gas ID's that don't belong to them.
The county director of the budget has asked all county departments to go through their records and deactivate gas I-D's tied to employees who are no longer working for the county.