Press Release: State Auditor Julie Blaha Releases Annual Financial Report on Minnesota Special Districts
For Immediate Release
April 30, 2020
Donald McFarland | 651-236-0494
Saint Paul, MN – “In Minnesota, local governments are a frontline force in delivering crucial services including health care, public safety, and transportation. When counties, cities, and townships work to address issues that extend beyond traditional local government boundaries, the solution is often the creation of special districts to provide services and direct resources in an efficient and effective manner,” said Auditor Blaha. “In Greater Minnesota, special districts often provide health services through hospital districts and mental health/family services collaboratives.”
Earlier today, State Auditor Julie Blaha released the 2018 Minnesota Special Districts Finances Report. Special districts are local government units created or authorized by state law to perform specific duties or to provide specific services in a limited scope.
The Report was compiled from 2018 special district reporting forms, financial statements, and audits. Special districts in Minnesota end their fiscal years at different times. This report covers the special districts with fiscal years that ended between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019 (FY 2018).
The primary sources of revenues for special district governmental funds were state grants, taxes, and charges for services. In addition to governmental funds, many special districts establish enterprise funds to account for services that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises.
The Report and its underlying data are available on the website of the Office of the State Auditor. Highlights of the report include:
The Office of the State Auditor is the constitutional office that oversees nearly $40 billion in local government finances for Minnesota taxpayers. The Office of the State Auditor helps to ensure financial integrity and accountability in local government financial activities. Julie Blaha is Minnesota’s 19th State Auditor. Follow us on Twitter @MNStateAuditor.