Local Government Publications

Search Audits for reports on municipalities and school districts dating back to 2014.

January 2001 –

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide accounting and reporting guidance for payments made to counties pursuant to the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the tobacco industry. The agreement provides that counties will receive annual payments to compensate them for medical costs incurred as a result of illness resulting from use of tobacco products. Many counties have elected to accelerate receipt of future payments by securitizing these payments. This bulletin provides accounting and reporting guidance for receipt of annual payments, proceeds of securitization, and residual payments.

November 2000 –

GASB Statement No. 33 provides accounting and reporting guidelines for nonexchange transactions. A nonexchange transaction is one in which a government receives (or gives) value without directly giving (or receiving) equal value in exchange.

June 2000 –

The Risk Retention Fund (CS) was originally established to account for risk financing and insurance activity in a single fund using the modified accrual basis of accounting. As a result of pronouncements from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), the Risk Retention Fund (CS) will be eliminated from the Uniform System of Accounts for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2000.

March 2000 –

Chapter 497 of the Laws of 1999 amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law effective onApril 1, 2000 to provide that every county and the City of New York shall establish a handicapped parking education program for the purpose of providing education, advocacy and increased public awareness of handicapped parking laws.

August 1999 –

Since 1990 the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), through its revolving loan fund, has provided over 330 local governments and public authorities nearly $5 billion in long and short term loans to finance eligible clean water and drinking water projects.

This bulletin describes the types of loans that are currently available from the revolving fund (long term leverage loans, short term direct loans, and long term direct loans) and the proper accounting treatment for each loan type.

July 1999 –

The Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) has recently requested a specific code to identify state aid received to offset the cost of administering the STAR program.

November 1998 –

This bulletin continues OSC’s efforts to keep you aware of developments related to the Y2K issue.

October 1998 –

Changes in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 457 require local governments to hold deferred compensation in trust for employees and their beneficiaries. Previously, IRC Section 457 required that these assets remained the property of the employer until paid or made available to the participant; as such, they were held in an agency capacity and were subject to the claims of the government’s general creditors.

September 1998 –

Legislation requested by the State Comptroller (Chapter 465, Laws of 1998) permits town and village courts, who meet certain criteria, to transmit monthly receipts to the Chief Fiscal Officer (CFO) without first sending them to the State for distribution. Previously, courts had to send the moneys they collected to the State Comptroller, who, on a quarterly basis, sent the local share back to the municipalities. 1996 legislation created a temporary pilot program for up to 100 municipalities, but this 1998 legislation makes the program permanent and opens it up to all municipalities who have the capacity to file reports electronically and meet other criteria. This gives localities access to their revenues sooner and improves their cash flow.

June 1998 –

Federal and State Welfare Reform legislation has brought about program and funding changes which necessitate revisions to the revenue and expenditure accounts listed below. These changes are based on recent revisions to Chapter 2, Volume I, of the Fiscal Reference Manual published by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

June 1998 –

Issued to: County, City, Town and Village Chief Fiscal Officers, School District and BOCES Business Officials.

May 1998 –

Multi-Modal Projects will be accounted for in a Capital Projects Fund or in an Enterprise Fund. Capital Projects fund revenues will be recorded in subsidiary revenue account code 3505 - Multi-Modal Program and expenditures will be classified by functional unit based on the type of project being undertaken. Enterprise funds should capitalize assets and recognize revenue using account 3505.

March 1998 –

Since your county’s billing lag factor is included in the MARS 039 Reports sent to your county Social Services Commissioner, we are no longer sending an annual bulletin. As counties closed their books and filed their 1997 annual reports, a few questions arose about the MMIS accrual. The purpose of this bulletin is to restate the procedure for making this accrual.

August 1997 –

An agreement for the purpose of protecting New York City’s drinking water supply and the economic vitality of the upstate Watershed communities. The agreement provides for expenditures by New York City and the State of New York on various long-range watershed protection and water quality enhancement programs.

August 1997 –

This bulletin provides information on the elimination of the Risk Retention (Insurance Reserve) Special Revenue Fund (the CS fund) from the Uniform System of Accounts. It also provides information on how the activity in that fund must be reported in the general fund in the ST-3 Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 1997. This change is needed to comply with GASB Statement 10.

June 1996 –

The purpose of this release is to provide accounting and reporting guidance for gifts and donations restricted to use for D.A.R.E. Programs.

February 1996 –

Chapter 83 of the Laws of 1995 adds Social Services Law section 153-i, Block Grants for family and children’s services. The law requires the New York State Department of Social Services to apportion the state funds appropriated among the social services districts by a formula contained in section 153-i, subdivision 1, paragraph b.