California State Controller

We use proprietary software to create the City SCO report (California). Our software utilizes a database to consistently prepare reports from year to year. As a result, we can easily provide line item detail for any amount in the report. This is especially helpful during the review process.


Thales Consulting uses accounting and other information to compile a complete report using our proprietary software.


Because we compile the report using a database instead of spreadsheets amounts will be consistently grouped from year to year.

Audit Trail

When requesting assistance with variances we provide the trial balance backup for both years.


A summary of our methodology is as follows:

  • We send out a detailed request for all the information we will need for the current year. This is usually sent in November.
  • We load the current year financial information into our software. We code any new items (funds, accounts, or departments) and prepare the report.
  • We issue drafts for your review through email. In addition to your overall review, we ask specific questions about material variances and provide you with the supporting GL detail for these variances.
  • When you are satisfied, we submit the report electronically, and you mail in a signed cover page and bureau of census form (filled in by us).
  • If the state has any follow-up questions, we answer them and provide any backup detail that they request. If we require more detail to answer their questions, we then contact you.
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required information

Below is a summary of the typical information required to complete a City report.

  • Currently year trial balance, including revenue and expenditure (summary) information.
  • Bonds, Loan, and Leases payment information.
  • Draft copy of the Annual Financial Report.
  • A listing of any new funds (including their name and fund type).
  • Enterprise Statistical Information (when applicable).
  • A signed cover page (after the draft has been provided and reviewed).
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(906) 273-2880

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