Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) have important information used to analyze the financial health of the City of Oklahoma City.
The best way to understand the results is to compare current reports with previous years and with reports from other cities. Without that context, information in any CAFR can be misleading.
Here are some recommendations based on suggestions from the Government Finance Officers Association to help you use a CAFR to analyze a government’s financial health:
- The City's own past performance is normally is the most relevant context for analyzing current-year financial data. But it's not the only context.
- The best way to see how the City is doing is to look at trends in key financial indicators like revenue, expenditures and fund balance.
- Trend data can be even more useful by looking at how percentages change in relationship to other data. Examples include public safety expenses as a percentage of total expenses, or local revenue as a percentage of total revenue.
- You need at least five years of data to have enough for analyzing trends. But using more than 10 years of data can lead to using outdated and irrelevant information.
- One-time items or changes in underlying assumptions should be carefully noted when analyzing trends.
- It can be useful to compare our City's data with similar local governments. But consider the following when making any comparisons:
- Are the governments at the same level (like a state, county or municipality) and type (like general-purpose or special-purpose)?
- Are there significant differences in the scope or quality of services provided?
- Are there significant differences in the number of people served?
- Do the governments define categories in the same way?
- Are the governments from regions where costs and the environment are similar?
- It's more useful to compare our City's trend data to another city's trend data than to compare it with a city's data from a single year.
City of OKC Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (PDFs)
|Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Employee Retirement System||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Environmental Assistance Trust||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|McGee Creek Authority||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Metropolitan Area Schools Trust||2017||2016||2015|
|Municipal Facilities Authority||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Economic Development Trust||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Public Property Authority||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Riverfront Redevelopment Authority||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Water Utilities Trust||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
|Other Post Employment Benefits Trust||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|