About the Auditor’s Office
The Auditor’s Office acts as the General Accounting Office for the City of New Bedford. The Auditor’s department processes accounts payable for all city departments after review of invoices and processes payroll after input by city departments. Its main responsibilities are monitoring the City’s expenses for compliance with the adopted budget and applicable laws, ordinances and policies that may apply. As keeper of the General Ledger for the City and associated records, the department coordinates the annual City Audit. The Auditor also lists the actual total local receipts collected for the Tax Recapitulation each year as well as other reports for the State such as the annual Snow and Ice report and Accounts Receivable.
The City operates under a decentralized accounting approach, whereby individual City departments are responsible for a majority of their purchasing, accounts payable and accounts receivable activities. Given this decentralized system, the Auditor’s Office also provides training to the staffs of other departments so as to improve City accounting records by standardizing the way in which bills are processed and by the way internal departmental books are kept.
Public information requests of a financial nature, even if specific to an individual department, should be directed to the Auditor’s Office so that responses are tied to the books of the office, which is the official record of the city.