What is Fund Accounting?

City accounts are organized and operated on the basis of funds and account groups. A fund is an independent fiscal and accounting entity with a self-balancing set of accounts. Governmental fund financial statements are reported using the current financial resources measurement focus and modified accrual basis of accounting,

Fund accounting segregates funds according to the intended purpose and is used to aid management in demonstrating compliance with finance-related legal and contractual provisions.

The City maintains a minimum number of funds consistent with legal and managerial requirements. Account groups are a reporting device to account for certain assets and liabilities of governmental funds not recorded directly in those funds. Major funds are designated; all funds are described.

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1. What is the City Budget?
2. How does the City balance revenues and expenses?
3. What are "funds"?
4. What is Fund Accounting?