Investments – The investment policy is annually updated and approved by Council in compliance with the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. All investments are made in conformity with the Council approved policy. Expenditures Debt Capacity, Issuance and Management – Long term debt will not be used for operating purposes. Capital projects financed through bond proceeds shall be financed for a period not to exceed the useful life of the project. When appropriate, self-supporting revenues will pay debt service in lieu of property taxes. The Debt Service current fiscal year debt requirement shall not exceed debt service property tax, self-supporting revenue and balances carried forward from the prior year. The debt per capita should be within norms based on a survey of comparable cities. Unspent capital project proceeds are transferred to debt service at the completion of the capital project. The City Charter provides that the City Council may not exceed the voter – authorized limit on any bond project. Reserve Accounts – The General Fund is required to maintain a reserve of 60 days of budgeted expenditures. The Water and Sewer Fund is required to maintain a reserve of 120 days of budgeted expenses. These reserves are needed to protect against the possibility of temporary revenue shortfalls or unpredicted one-time expenditures. A Stabilization Fund was established in FY 2014 that will be appropriated annually to provide for unanticipated expenditures of a nonrecurring nature and/or to meet unexpected increases in costs. See policy for the usage of funds. Operating/Capital Expenditure Accountability – A public accounting firm will perform an independent audit annually and issue an official opinion on the annual financial statements, as well as a management letter detailing areas that need improvement. Full disclosure will be provided in the financial statements and bond representations. The Finance department will prepare for the City Manager and the City Council each month a report of the financial condition of the City by budget item, budget estimate compared to actual for the preceding month and fiscal year to date. Additionally, Finance will prepare quarterly capital project financial status reports for senior management review. Financial systems will be maintained to monitor expenditures and revenues on a monthly basis, with thorough analysis.
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