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Title XIV TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 218 FINANCIAL MATTERS PERTAINING TO POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS
SECTION 32Annual financial reports; local governmental entities.
218.32 Annual financial reports; local governmental entities.—
(1)(a) Each local governmental entity that is determined to be a reporting entity, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, and each independent special district as defined in s. 189.012, shall submit to the department a copy of its annual financial report for the previous fiscal year in a format prescribed by the department. The annual financial report must include a list of each local governmental entity included in the report and each local governmental entity that failed to provide financial information as required by paragraph (b). The chair of the governing body and the chief financial officer of each local governmental entity shall sign the annual financial report submitted pursuant to this subsection attesting to the accuracy of the information included in the report. The county annual financial report must be a single document that covers each county agency.
(b) Each component unit, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, of a local governmental entity shall provide the local governmental entity, within a reasonable time period as established by the local governmental entity, with financial information necessary to comply with the reporting requirements contained in this section.
(c) Each regional planning council created under s. 186.504, each local government finance commission, board, or council, and each municipal power corporation created as a separate legal or administrative entity by interlocal agreement under s. 163.01(7) shall submit to the department a copy of its audit report and an annual financial report for the previous fiscal year in a format prescribed by the department.
(d) Each local governmental entity that is required to provide for an audit under s. 218.39(1) must submit a copy of the audit report and annual financial report to the department within 45 days after the completion of the audit report but no later than 9 months after the end of the fiscal year.
(e)1. Each local governmental entity that is not required to provide for an audit under s. 218.39 must submit the annual financial report to the department no later than 9 months after the end of the fiscal year. The department shall consult with the Auditor General in the development of the format of annual financial reports submitted pursuant to this paragraph. The format must include balance sheet information used by the Auditor General pursuant to s. 11.45(7)(f). The department must forward the financial information contained within the annual financial reports to the Auditor General in electronic form. This paragraph does not apply to housing authorities created under chapter 421.
2. The annual financial report filed by a dependent special district or an independent special district shall specify separately:
a. The total number of district employees compensated in the last pay period of the district’s fiscal year being reported.
b. The total number of independent contractors to whom nonemployee compensation was paid in the last month of the district’s fiscal year being reported.
c. All compensation earned by or awarded to employees, whether paid or accrued, regardless of contingency.
d. All compensation earned by or awarded to nonemployee independent contractors, whether paid or accrued, regardless of contingency.
e. Each construction project with a total cost of at least $65,000 approved by the district that is scheduled to begin on or after October 1 of the fiscal year being reported, together with the total expenditures for such project.
3. The annual financial report of a dependent special district or an independent special district amending a final adopted budget under s. 189.016(6) must include a budget variance report based on the budget adopted under s. 189.016(4) before the beginning of the fiscal year being reported.
4. The annual financial report of an independent special district that imposes ad valorem taxes shall include the millage rate or rates imposed by the district, the total amount of ad valorem taxes collected by or on behalf of the district, and the total amount of outstanding bonds issued by the district and the terms of such bonds.
5. The annual financial report of an independent special district that imposes non-ad valorem special assessments shall include the rate or rates of such assessments imposed by the district, the total amount of special assessments collected by or on behalf of the district, and the total amount of outstanding bonds issued by the district and the terms of such bonds.
(f) If the department does not receive a completed annual financial report from a local governmental entity within the required period, it shall notify the Legislative Auditing Committee and the Special District Accountability Program of the Department of Economic Opportunity of the entity’s failure to comply with the reporting requirements.
(g) Each local governmental entity’s website must provide a link to the department’s website to view the entity’s annual financial report submitted to the department pursuant to this section. If the local governmental entity does not have an official website, the county government’s website must provide the required link for the local governmental entity.
(h) The Florida Open Financial Statement System must serve as an interactive repository for governmental financial statements. This system serves as the primary reporting location for government financial information. A local government shall use the system to file with the department copies of all audit reports compiled pursuant to ss. 11.45 and 218.39. The system must be accessible to the public and must be open to inspection at all times by the Legislature, the Auditor General, and the Chief Inspector General.
1. The Chief Financial Officer may consult with stakeholders with regard to the Florida Open Financial Statement System.
2. The Chief Financial Officer may choose contractors to build one or more eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) taxonomies suitable for state, county, municipal, and special district financial filings and to create a software tool that enables financial statement filers to easily create XBRL documents consistent with such taxonomies. The Chief Financial Officer must recruit and select contractors through an open request for proposals process pursuant to chapter 287.
3. The Chief Financial Officer must require that all work products be completed no later than December 31, 2021.
4. If the Chief Financial Officer deems the work products adequate, all local governmental financial statements for fiscal years ending on or after September 1, 2022, may be filed in XBRL format prescribed by the Chief Financial Officer.
5. A local government that begins filing in XBRL format may not be required to make filings in Portable Document Format.
(i) Each local governmental entity that enters all required information in the Florida Open Financial Statement System is deemed to be compliant with this section, except as otherwise provided in this section.
(2) The department shall annually by December 1 file a verified report with the Governor, the Legislature, the Auditor General, and the Special District Accountability Program of the Department of Economic Opportunity showing the revenues, both locally derived and derived from intergovernmental transfers, and the expenditures of each local governmental entity, regional planning council, local government finance commission, and municipal power corporation that is required to submit an annual financial report. In preparing the verified report, the department may request additional information from the local governmental entity. The information requested must be provided to the department within 45 days after the request. If the local governmental entity does not comply with the request, the department shall notify the Legislative Auditing Committee, which may take action pursuant to s. 11.40(2). The report must include, but is not limited to:
(a) The total revenues and expenditures of each local governmental entity that is a component unit included in the annual financial report of the reporting entity.
(b) The amount of outstanding long-term debt by each local governmental entity. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “long-term debt” means any agreement or series of agreements to pay money, which, at inception, contemplate terms of payment exceeding 1 year in duration.
(3)(a) The department shall notify the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of any municipality that has not reported any financial activity for the last 4 fiscal years. Such notice must be sufficient to initiate dissolution procedures as described in s. 165.051(1)(a). Any special law authorizing the incorporation or creation of the municipality must be included within the notification.
(b) Failure of a county or municipality required under s. 163.387(8) to include with its annual financial report to the department a financial audit report for each community redevelopment agency created by that county or municipality constitutes a failure to report under this section.
(c) By November 1 of each year, the department must provide the Special District Accountability Program of the Department of Economic Opportunity with a list of each community redevelopment agency that does not report any revenues, expenditures, or debt for the community redevelopment agency’s previous fiscal year.
History.—s. 2, ch. 73-349; s. 15, ch. 77-165; s. 46, ch. 79-164; s. 5, ch. 79-183; s. 4, ch. 79-589; s. 42, ch. 80-274; s. 18, ch. 81-167; s. 16, ch. 83-55; s. 2, ch. 83-106; s. 43, ch. 89-169; s. 55, ch. 91-45; s. 93, ch. 92-152; s. 90, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 36, ch. 94-249; s. 18, ch. 96-324; s. 8, ch. 2000-152; s. 5, ch. 2000-264; s. 62, ch. 2001-266; s. 26, ch. 2004-305; s. 25, ch. 2011-34; s. 85, ch. 2011-142; s. 18, ch. 2011-144; s. 27, ch. 2013-15; s. 79, ch. 2014-22; s. 4, ch. 2018-102; s. 13, ch. 2019-15; s. 9, ch. 2019-163; s. 2, ch. 2021-226; s. 9, ch. 2022-138.