RUMFORD – Selectmen meeting Thursday night learned from auditor Harold Blake that the town’s financial statements are clean and accurate.

Without going into details, Blake summarized his report, saying Rumford is “in a healthy condition with assets totaling $14,250,000.”

He also said the town had an undesignated fund balance as of June 30 of $1,584,731.

During his review, which selectmen didn’t have and wouldn’t until Friday morning, Blake said the budget-to-actual statement for the general fund shows that the town budgeted excess expenditures of $1,152,000 and had actual excess expenditures of $1,293,000.

“So, in effect, after you factor in changes from transfers from other funds, for example, from the sewer fund, you budgeted to have an ending fund equity of $2,700,000 and you actually had $3,558,000 because of these transfers in from funds,” he said.

In other business, selectmen learned about a new pilot program from Social Security Administration employees who want to try it in Rumford.

Kurt Czarnowski, the Social Security Administration regional communications director in Boston, and SSA District Manager Jennifer Bowie in Auburn, explained the national pilot program.

They said they hope to find space in Rumford to enhance services they provide by allowing area people to have face-to-face meetings with an SSA official via a video display terminal, rather than being forced to travel to the Auburn office to file for benefits.

Selectmen voted unanimously to work to find a suitable location in the Town Hall for the program.



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