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Financial Transparency
The City of Gainesville is committed to providing financial transparency.  As such, we make every effort to deliver financial information that is readily accessible and available for our citizens.  The City of Gainesville Finance Department provides financial reports to promote transparency and accountability.  

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the City of Gainesville with its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for twenty-fourth (24) consecutive years and its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for six (6) consecutive years.  Our efforts have also been recognized by the Texas State Comptroller's Office by awarding the City of Gainesville with its Platinum Leadership Circle Award for Transparency in Financial Reporting, their highest level of transparency prior to the initiation of the Transparency Stars Program. 
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on July 29, 2016 that the City of Gainesville is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. The City of Gainesville received a star in the area of Traditional Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue information available. 

Traditional Finances Transparency Star

Finance Summary

The following summary data shows amounts for the most recently completed fiscal year of October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. Revenues are recognized when earned and expenses are recognized at the time the liability is incurred. 

The per capita figures are based on 2014 data from the Texas Office of the State Demographer population of 16,367.  


Fiscal Year 2014-2015

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Revenues and Expenditures

Property Tax Rate Valuation
In May 2014, voters approved a $10 million bond package.  Voters were informed that the bond would cause up to a $0.069 per $100 property value tax increase.  Moreover, overall appraised property values dropped in the City of Gainesville in 2014 and 2015.  

The City of Gainesville employed 220 full-time equivalent positions for all personnel in the most recently completed fiscal year.  

Adopted Budgets
The adopted budget is a means of presenting, in financial terms, the overall plan to accomplish the City's objectives during the coming year.  You will find the adopted budgets in PDF form, as well as the most recently adopted budget in raw format.  

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Local ordinances and state statutes require that a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report be submitted for the fiscal year end.  These ordinances and statutes require that the City issue a financial report on its financial position and activity, and that an independent firm of certified accountants audit this report.

Check Registers
Online check registers allow you to view a listing of checks issued in payment of goods and services.  The registers posted exclude checks that are not related to a direct city expense and those that contain protected privacy information.  

Debt Information

View this page for more information on City of Gainesville Debt Obligations.

Pension Information

View this page for more information on City of Gainesville Pension Information.

Please see the links on the left-hand menu for contact information for elected officials, information on requesting open records, and links to the Texas Comptroller's website.