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Please answer the following questions by using the city of Scottsdale Arizona's CAFR ending June 30, 2012.

A. Examine the governmental fund financial statements. Are any major capital projects funds included? If so, list them. Attempt to find out the nature and purpose of the projects from the letter of transmittal, the notes, or MD&A. What are the major sources of funding, such as bond sales, intergovernmental grants, and transfers from other funds? Were the projects completed during the year?
B. Again looking at the governmental fund financial statements, are any major debt service funds included? If so, list them. What are the sources of funding for these debt service payments?
C. Does your report include supplemental information including combining statements for nonmajor funds? If so, are any capital projects and debt service funds included? If so, list them. Indicate the major revenue and other financing source categories for the funds.
E. Look at the notes to the financial statements, specifically the note (in the summary of significant accounting policies) regarding the definition of modified accrual accounting. Does the note specifically indicate that modified accrual accounting is used for capital projects and debt service funds? Does the note indicate that debt service payments, both principal and interest, are recorded as an expenditure when due?
F. Does your government report capital leases payable in the government wide Statement of Net Assets? If so, can you determine if new capital leases were initiated during the year? Can you trace the payments related to capital leases?
G. Does your government report any permanent funds, either major or nonmajor? If so, list them. What are the amounts of the permanent resources available for governmental purposes? What is/are the governmental purpose(s)?

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Scottsdale Arizona CAFR

Please answer the following questions by using the city of Scottsdale Arizona's CAFR ending June 30, 2012.

Find the file at
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/finance/cafr

A. Examine the governmental fund financial statements. Are any major capital projects funds included? If so, list them.

As you see below (cut and paste from CAFR with capital funds circled), they have a "General CIP Construction Capital Projects" fund and a "Preserve Privilege Tax Capital Projects" fund.

Attempt to find out the nature and purpose of the projects from the letter of transmittal, the notes, or MD&A. What are the major sources of funding, such as bond sales, intergovernmental grants, and transfers from other funds? Were the projects completed during the year?

As you see from page 37 (cut and paste with amount circled), the major source of revenues for the General Capital Fund is intergovernmental state grants.

"The Preserve Privilege Tax Capital Projects Fund accounts for the resources used to acquire and improve land within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Significant transactions in fiscal year 2011/12 include ...

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Answer the following questions based on Scottsdale, AZ CAFR year ending June 30, 2012.
//www.scottsdaleaz.gov/finance/cafr

A. Find the reconciliation between the governmental fund balances and the governmental-type activities net assets. This might be on the governmental fund Balance Sheet or in a separate schedule in the basic financial statements. List the major differences. What is the amount shown for capital assets? How much is due to the incorporation of internal service funds? Was an adjustment made for deferred property taxes or any other revenue? What is the adjustment due to the inclusion of long-term liabilities? What other adjustments are made?

B. Find the reconciliation between the governmental fund changes in fund balances and the governmental-type activites changes in net assets. This might be on the governmental Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances or in a separate schedule. List the major differences. How much is due to the difference between depreciation reported on the Statement of Activities and the reported expenditures for capital outlays on the Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances? How much is due too differences in reporting expenditures versus expenses for debt service? How much is due to differences in reporting proceeds versus gains on sale of capital assets? How much is due to additional revenue accruals? How much is due to additional expense accruals? What other items are listed?

D. Look at the Statement of Activities. List the net expenses (revenues) for governmental activities, business-type activities, and component units. List the change in net assets for governmental activities, business-type activities, and component units. Attempt to find from the notes the component units that are discretely presented.

E. Look throughout the annual report for disclosures related to capital assets. This would include the notes to the financial statements, any schedules, and information in the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A). Summarize what is included. What depreciation method is used? Are lives of major classes of capital assets disclosed?

F. Look throughout the annual report for disclosures related to long-term debt. This would include the notes to the financial statements, any schedules in the financial and statistical sections, and the MD&A. Summarize what is included. Are the schedules listed in this chapter included? What is the debt limit and margin? What is the direct debt per capita? The direct and overlapping debt per capita?

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