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Controller's Office

The Controller's Office is responsible for the accounting, payroll, and financial reporting for the City and County of Denver.  In addition, the Controller's Office establishes, maintains and enforces the City’s accounting policies, practices, and procedures.

Controller Functions

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is a publication that provides in-depth information about the operations and financial position of the City and County of Denver.  The CAFR is prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (USGAAP) and is audited by a firm of licensed certified public accountants. 

The 2012 Community Report, also known as the Popular Annual Financial Report or PAFR, provides you an opportunity to learn about the City's finances.  By reading this report, you are taking an important step toward understanding and participating in Denver's financial future.  This report includes condensed and simplified information from the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

It is important to note that the data in this report is unaudited, includes information exclusively on primary government funds and is presented on a non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) basis.  This means that it excludes discrete component unit and fiduciary fund information, contains condensed financial information and does not provide all of the necessary financial statements and note disclosures required by GAAP.

The Single Audit Report is federally mandated by the Single Audit Act of 1984, the Single Audit Act Admendments of 1996, and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Circular A-133, which requires an audit to be conducted for any non-Federal entity that expends $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards.  This audit is conducted by an independent auditor and the main objectives are to ensure a fair presentation of the basic financial statements and the schedule of expenditures of Federal awards, and to also audit the City's internal controls and compliance with legal requirements, with special emphasis on internal controls and legal requirements involving the administration of federal awards expended during the fiscal year. 

Fiscal Accountability Rules set parameters for fiscal activities of the City and County of Denver. The purpose of these rules is to assist officers and employees in conducting financial activities and in making fiscal decisions. The rules are not intended to replace critical thinking or to limit the authority or independence of the expending authority.

More About the Controller

The Accounting Division keeps the City's ledgers and books, maintains the City's financial records, and the County property tax roll.
Administration directs the activities of the agency.
This Division produces the annually audited financial statements of the City known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  This Division also produces monthly standard financial reports and develops ad hoc and other special reports which can be run by users of the financial system.  In addition, this Division ensures the integrity of the City's financial information in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Financial Reporting is also responsible for policy research and coordination with the Enterprise Resource Services division of Technology Services in support of the PeopleSoft financial system.
Financial Services provides accounting services and manages Citywide accounts payable, which is responsible for the timely and accurate processing of all non-payroll disbursements made on behalf of the City.
This Division manages payroll for all City agencies.  This Division provides tools for management for better allocation of resources and strategic planning.  The unit works closely with the Office of Human Resources and the Enterprise Resource Services division of Technology Services in support of the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management system.

If you separate, retire, or resign from the City and County of Denver and have questions or need assistance, please contact the Payroll Division by emailing PayrollDivision@denvergov.org.

City employees, please visit Payroll at their employee website at www.denvergov.org/payroll.

Contact Us

Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 1109
Denver, CO  80202
Phone:  720-913-5500 

Business Hours
 
Monday - Friday:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Mission Statement

To ensure the City and County of Denver's financial integrity by promoting effective, efficient and accountable government, utilizing best practices and ensuring the highest quality of customer service.
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