The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is prepared and presented by the Columbus City Auditor, statutorily described as the City's chief accounting officer. The CAFR includes the City’s financial position and results of operations, as well as demographic and statistical information to help the reader understand the financial condition of the City for each fiscal year ending on December 31st.

Additionally, Ohio law requires that all public entities undergo an annual financial audit. The financial statements have been verified by an independent, external auditor as required by law and in order to ensure the financial statements fairly present the financial position of the City of Columbus.

This report fulfills these duties and is distributed by the City Auditor's Office to approximately 100 recipients, including civic associations, banks, brokers, rating agencies, schools, libraries, university students, and city, state, and federal officials.

In order to provide open access to City financial information, to be "GREEN", and to save expenses, all City of Columbus CAFR reports from 2001 forward are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) format for viewing online. Just select the CAFR for desired fiscal year from the list on the left to view.