CHAPTER 111
MUNICIPAL AUDITING ACT

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Sec. 7-391. Definitions.

      Sec. 7-391. Definitions. When used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the meanings herein specified: "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, consolidated town and borough, city and borough; "audited agency" includes each district, as defined in section 7-324, or other municipal utility, the Metropolitan District of Hartford County, each regional planning agency, any other political subdivision of similar character which is created and any other agency created or designated by a municipality to act for such municipality whose annual receipts from all sources exceed one million dollars; "reporting agency" includes each district, as defined in section 7-324, or other municipal utility, each regional planning agency, any other political subdivision of similar character which is created and any other agency created or designated by a municipality to act for such municipality whose annual receipts from all sources do not exceed one million dollars; "appointing authority" means the legislative body of a municipality or the board, committee or other governing body of such audited agency, except in any town where the authority to adopt a budget rests with a town meeting or a representative town meeting "appointing authority" means the board of finance or other board, committee or body charged with preparing the budget, or in a town which has no board of finance or other such board, committee or body, means the board of selectmen or the town council; "audit report" means the report of the independent auditor and the annual financial statements of the municipality or audited agency; "independent auditor" means a public accountant who is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut and who meets the independence standards included in generally accepted government auditing standards; "public accountant" means an individual who meets standards included in generally accepted government auditing standards for personnel performing government audits and the licensing requirements of the State Board of Accountancy; "receipts" means amounts accrued or received by a municipality, audited agency or reporting agency and reportable as revenues in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; "municipal utility" means every Connecticut municipality or department or agency thereof, or Connecticut district, manufacturing, selling or distributing gas or electricity to be used for light, heat or power or water.

      (1949 Rev., S. 821; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 14; 613, S. 11; P.A. 76-68, S. 1, 7; P.A. 77-501, S. 1, 2; 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 80-483, S. 21, 186; P.A. 87-573, S. 2, 11; P.A. 89-370, S. 11, 15; P.A. 93-422, S. 1; P.A. 07-196, S. 7.)

      History: 1959 acts deleted counties from definition of municipality and added regional planning agency and removed county commissioners from definition of budget-making authority; P.A. 76-68 limited definition of "municipality" to towns, cities, boroughs and consolidated towns and cities and consolidated towns and boroughs and defined school, fire, sewer districts etc. as "audited agencies", defined "appointing authority" and "municipal utility" and removed definition of "budget-making authority"; P.A. 77-501 clarified definition of "appointing authority" with regard to towns vesting budget authority in town meetings; P.A. 77-614 substituted "secretary" and "secretary of the office of policy and management" for "commissioner" and "tax commissioner"; P.A. 80-483 made technical changes; P.A. 87-573 removed school districts and housing authorities from the definition of "audited agencies" and inserted definition of "reporting agency", effective July 1, 1987, and applicable to audits for fiscal years beginning on or after that date; P.A. 89-370 amended definition of "audited agency" and "reporting agency" by deleting reference to "fire district, fire and sewer district, sewer district" and substituting reference to "district, as defined in section 7-324"; P.A. 93-422 changed delineation amount from average annual receipts exceeding $75,000 to annual receipts of $200,000, deleted definition of "independent public accountant" and added definitions of "audit report", "independent auditor", "public accountant" and "receipts"; P.A. 07-196 increased delineation amounts for "audited agency" and "reporting agency" from annual receipts of $200,000 to $1,000,000, effective July 1, 2007.

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