BOSTON (SHNS) – Comptroller William McNamara expects to file an annual monetary report that was due Oct. 31 by the tip of the week and mentioned he’s hopeful that subsequent yr will break the sample of persistently late filings.
The state comptroller should finalize the books on the fiscal yr that ends June 30 every year and file the state’s annual Statutory Foundation Monetary Report by every Oct. 31.
Earlier than the comptroller can put together the SBFR, although, the Legislature should cross a so-called closeout supplemental funds to stability all of the books and the governor should signal it into legislation. That course of has been thrown out of whack in recent times as lawmakers have opted to attend longer and longer to cross that invoice, creating complications for a minimum of the final two comptrollers.
This yr, with the added complication of a pandemic, the close-out supplemental funds was not finalized till Nov. 10.
“I feel a great way to place it’s that the statute units the date on which we’re to finish the work of the SBFR. The statute doesn’t deal with the date on which we’ll have the ability to start our work on the SBFR,” McNamara advised the Comptroller Advisory Board on Wednesday.
He added, “Given the truth of the yr, my hope was that we may obtain supply in November. The timing made that unreachable. I’m disenchanted, however I acknowledge this yr introduced a rare emergency in public well being and the financial lifetime of the state. And in that context, the timing of the SBFR was a subsidiary concern.”
With COVID-19 vaccines being deployed and a return to extra regular occasions on the horizon, McNamara mentioned he hopes that the method of closing out the present fiscal yr will go much more easily.
“I feel all of us are hoping … that we start our return to normalcy within the coming yr. If that may be achieved, and it appears to me as dangerous as a number of the present stats are that that’s what we’re , then I consider the state’s fiscal affairs might be managed in order that for fiscal 2021 we’ve a well timed shut, permitting a well timed supply of the SBFR,” McNamara mentioned. “And it’s my intention to push for that.”