Officials in almost all cities are responsible for obtaining an audit report of the previous fiscal year by no later than February 1 each year. However, sixth class cities are not required to conduct an audit in even-numbered fiscal years, although they must prepare and submit an annual financial statement to the Department for Local Government (DLG). The only cities that do not have to have an audit conducted at all are sixth class cities that receive and expend less than $75,000 and do not have long-term debt. Those cities must still send an annual financial statement to DLG.
For those cities that have audit requirements, three copies of the audit report must be sent to DLG within 10 days of completion of the audit and its presentation to the city legislative body. In addition to sending copies to DLG, cities must also follow certain publication requirements or risk facing possible civil and/or criminal penalties.