Cities, Counties and Special Purpose Districts (Cash Basis)

Budgeting, Accounting and
Reporting System



Cities, Counties and Special Purpose Districts (Cash Basis) 


The BARS Manual prescribes accounting and reporting for local governments in accordance with RCW 43.09.200. Its purpose is to provide (1) uniform accounting and financial reporting to allow for meaningful use and comparison of financial data; (2) accounting and reporting instructions as a resource for local government managers; and (3) a consistent framework for financial reporting to intended users, including managers, governing bodies, granting and regulatory agencies, the state Legislature, and the general public.

The manual is maintained by the State Auditor's Office with input from the Local Government Advisory Committee. It is continuously reviewed to ensure prescription and instructions remain current and appropriate to meet the needs of intended users.

The sections which are applicable to all Cash governments are annotated with "All".  Any section applicable to a specific entry is clearly marked with the entity type designation.


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