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The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (the “CAFR”)

The City’s Finance Department prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the City of Manchester (the City). The purpose of this report is to provide citizens, investors, grantor agencies, and other interested parties with reliable financial information about the City. Responsibility for both the accuracy of the data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, including all disclosures, rests with management. To the best of our knowledge and belief, the enclosed data is accurate in all material respects and is reported in a manner that presents fairly the financial position and changes in financial position of the various funds and component units of the City. All disclosures necessary to enable the reader to gain an understanding of the City's activities have been included.

The CAFR is presented in three sections: the introductory section, the financial section, and the statistical section. The introductory section, which is unaudited, includes this letter of transmittal, the City's organizational chart, and a listing of City officials. The financial section includes the independent auditor's report, management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A), the basic financial statements, notes to financial statements, and the combining and individual financial statements and schedules. The statistical section, which is unaudited, includes pertinent financial and general information indicating trends for comparative basis fiscal years. The MD&A is management’s opportunity to provide an overview and analysis of the City’s financial operations. The MD&A should be read in partnership with this transmittal letter.

The City’s Charter requires an annual audit by an independent certified public accountant. The auditor's report on the basic financial statements is included in the financial section of this report. In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in State statutes and the Charter, the audit was designed to meet the requirements of the federal Single Audit Act and related OMB Circular 133. The auditor's reports on internal controls and compliance can be found in a separately issued Single Audit report.

The City's basic financial statements include all entities for which the City is financially accountable and other organizations of the City for which the nature and significance of their relationship with the City are such that exclusion would cause the City's financial statements to be misleading or incomplete. The City’s financial statements include three discretely presented component units – the Manchester School District (MSD), the Manchester Development Corporation (MDC), and the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA).

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports available for review and download.
Federal Financial and Compliance Reports - Prior year compliance reports not listed are available by request.

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