As a local government, Augusta has many responsibilities where financial accountability is concerned. Several types of documents are available at the links below to illustrate Augusta's financial position.
A budget is a systematic plan for the expenditure of resources. Augusta's Commission is required to adopt a budget for the next fiscal year prior to the ending of the current one. Once the budget has been adopted by the Board of Commissioners, it becomes a work plan of objectives to be accomplished during the next fiscal year.
Augusta also uses the CityWatch online tool in order to permit inquiry into past and current budgets.
In general terms, an audit is the examination of the financial report of an organization by a person, group, or agency that is independent of the organization. The purpose of the audit is to form a view on whether the information presented in the financial report, taken as a whole, reflects the financial position of the organization at a given date.
Augusta's check register is posted monthly in order to provide a snapshot of checks that have been cut in the course of business. Checks are created in order to pay invoices from contractors, suppliers, and vendors, reimbursements to employees, travel advances, refunds, etc. Click here to see the list of Check Registers that are available for online viewing.
The budget dashboard is a collection of charts and graphs that tell the story of Augusta's budget in graphical terms as opposed to traditional financial statements. The dashboard, like the dashboard of an automobile, is intended to provide quick access to a lot of information. Persons with interest in financial details are welcome to review the budgets and financial statements located at the other links found on this page.