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Capital Projects Funds Chapter 7 Learning Objectives Understand nature of and when to use Capital Projects Funds (CPFs) Understand typical CPF financing sources, how many CPFs are required, and life cycle of CPF Determine costs to be charged to CPF

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learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Understand nature of and when to use Capital Projects Funds (CPFs)
  • Understand typical CPF financing sources, how many CPFs are required, and life cycle of CPF
  • Determine costs to be charged to CPF
  • Understand accounting for long-term debt issued in CPF, including bond proceeds, premiums, discounts, bond issue costs, and bond anticipation notes
  • Understand basic budgeting and budgetary reporting for CPFs
  • Examine typical journal entries of CPF
  • Prepare CPF financial statements.
why use capital projects funds
Why Use Capital Projects Funds?
  • CPFs used to account for financial resources that are used to construct / acquire major, long-lived general capital facilities
  • Examples
    • Buildings
    • Highways & bridges
    • Storm water drainage systems
typical capital asset acquisitions not using a cpf
Typical Capital Asset Acquisitions Not Using a CPF
  • Routine capital asset purchases – school buses and other equipment
  • Capital leases
  • Purchases of fund-specific capital assets to be used in Proprietary Funds or Trust Funds
financing capital projects
Financing Capital Projects
  • General Long-term Debt
    • Account for the issuance in CPF
    • Debt Service Fund used to repay debt
  • Short-term borrowing (if necessary)
  • Interfund transfers
  • Interest and other revenues
  • Intergovernmental grants
  • Special assessments
other notes on life cycle
Other Notes on Life Cycle
  • CPF may last for several fiscal years – whatever if the life of the project
  • Expenditures are typically all capital outlay
  • Upon termination, any necessary funds returned to providers of financing and remainder transferred to service debt (DSF) or to General Fund
budgeting for a capital project
Budgeting for a Capital Project
  • Usually prepared for the life of the project – appropriations do not lapse at end of fiscal year
  • Separate budget may not be required if one project financed by single CPF and project costs are controlled through specifications
interim financing
Interim Financing
  • Authorized bond issue may take considerable time to issue
  • Interim financing used to fill the void – known as bond anticipation notes (BANs)
  • If properly used, may be long-term rather than short-term debt
    • BANs issued in conjunction with legally authorized bond issue
    • BANs are to be repaid (or have been repaid) from proceeds of bond issue
interim financing comparison continued
Short-Term Borrowing

Recorded as liability of fund

Expenditure is for capital outlay

Results in artificial deficit in Fund Balance

BAN Financing

Recorded as OFS

Expenditure is for capital outlay

OFS and expenditure cancel out – no artificial deficit

Interim Financing Comparison(continued)
project costs
Project Costs
  • Overhead
    • General government overhead rarely charged unless reimbursable
    • Other overhead may be charged – costs from ISFs or incremental overhead from project
  • Interest
    • Short-term debt interest is project cost
    • Long-term debt interest not capitalized
intergovernmental revenues
Intergovernmental Revenues
  • Unrestricted grants usually recognized as revenues in General Fund or SRF – proceeds may be transferred to CPF
  • Restricted (capital) grants normally recognized as revenues in CPF, once it is earned (grantee incurred expenditures that are authorized for reimbursement)
issue bonds at a premium
Issue Bonds at a Premium

GASB requires that bonds be recorded at face value. Premiums (Other Financing Source), discounts (Other Financing Use), and bond issue costs (Expenditure – Debt Service) must be accounted for separately. Also, the bond is accounted for in the General Long-Term Liabilities accounts.

supplemental order
Supplemental Order

Supplemental order for fuel and materials for project – over and above the cost of the contract.

financing received
Financing Received

The State Grant is obviously not expenditure-driven – that is why it was all received up front. The funding from the General Fund (GF) may be received all at once or at various times, as is the case here.

notes on the invoices
Notes on the Invoices
  • Fuel and materials had been encumbered for $48,000, but actual cost was $49,000
  • Machine Time is an allowable overhead cost
  • Construction in progress would be recorded in the General Capital Assets accounts
notes on invoices continued
Notes on Invoices(continued)

Retained Percentage

  • Done to insure completion of the project per the contract
  • Will be paid to contractor when final project is accepted
  • Alternate methods of insuring completion
    • Insurance policies
    • Certificates of Deposit (not subject to fair value rules from Chapter 5)
    • Bonding
note on federal grant reimbursement
Note on Federal Grant Reimbursement
  • Could be billed each time allowable charge incurred
  • Amount received may be less than amount billed if Federal Government does not allow all expenditures
closing entries
Closing Entries
  • Year-end closing entries not particularly relevant to CPFs – more concerned with life of project than by end of year
  • Financial statements then become interim statements for CPFs
options for closing entries
Accounts Not Closed

Use worksheet to create pro forma closing entries which aren’t posted to accounts

Financial statements prepared from worksheet – just like normal

Accounts Closed

Use same routine as used in earlier chapters

Closing entries typically result in artificial deficits

Appropriated fund balance reported for unexpended amounts

Options for Closing Entries
cpf financial statements
CPF Financial Statements
  • Required
    • Balance Sheet
    • Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balance [Operating Statement]
  • Optional
    • Budgetary statement or schedule
    • Not required under GAAP but may be required by government, rating agencies, or bondholders
balance sheet x
Balance Sheet x
  • Note different sections in the Fund Balance section
    • Appropriated
    • Unappropriated
  • Unrealized estimated revenues or transfers from other funds are not assets – leads to Unreserved Fund Balance artificial deficit – need to explain deficit in notes to financial statements
operating statement x
Operating Statement x
  • Same format as used for other Governmental Funds
  • Negative excess causes some readers to think change in financial position is poor – artificial since much of financing comes from “other” sources
completing the bridge year 2
Completing the Bridge: Year 2

Reverse some of adjusting/closing entries made in previous year – gets budgetary accounts back in balance

project operating statement
Project Operating Statement
  • Governments usually report one year at a time
  • With completed project, reporting all revenues and expenditures could be useful – helps explain the artificial deficits from earlier year(s)


other cpf issues
Other CPF Issues
  • Bond anticipation notes
  • Investment of idle cash
  • Disposing of fund balance (deficit)
  • Reporting several projects in single fund
  • Combining CPF financial statements
bond anticipation notes bans
Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs)

Reasons for use

  • Time lag in issuing approved bond issue when cash is needed immediately to start the project
  • Interest rates on the decline, so postponing issuing bonds will save the government money
issue the bans
Issue the BANs
  • BANs were issued at par – since the term is short, this will usually be the case.
  • The issuance can be recorded as if it were long-term debt so long as two conditions exist:
  • The project has an authorized bond issue.
  • The government will repay the BANs from the bonds, once they are issued.
  • There will be a corresponding liability in the General Long-Term Liabilities accounts for the BANs.
issue bonds same entry from earlier
Issue Bonds(same entry from earlier)

Recall that as a result of this event, the Bonds Payable will be recorded in the General Long-Term Liabilities accounts.

repay the bans
Repay the BANs

At the same time the BAN principal will be removed from the General Long-Term Liabilities accounts.

investments arbitrage
Investments & Arbitrage
  • A significant amount of cash can flow through a CPF – cash flow planning is a must
  • Issuing bonds early in project may be mandated – need to invest proceeds to maximize interest

The difference in the amount earned on investing bond proceeds and amount paid in interest on the bonds – since most governments issue tax-exempt debt, this amount can be significant.

arbitrage and taxes
Arbitrage and Taxes
  • Tax rate on arbitrage is simple: 100%
  • Penalty rate on not paying tax correctly is almost as simple: 50%
  • Rules are quite complex: governments must manage money and watch arbitrage requirements to minimize problems
remaining fund balance
Remaining Fund Balance
  • If cash is left over when project is complete, difference is usually transferred to DSF to assist in repaying amounts borrowed
  • If project is in deficit (not enough cash)
    • Additional transfers needed from other funds


    • Scope of the project must be cut back
reporting multiple projects
Reporting Multiple Projects
  • Government may elect to use single fund to report many projects
  • Easiest way to combine information is to prepare separate statements for each project, then consolidate for reporting purposes
combining cpf statements
Combining CPF Statements
  • Used when government uses separate CPF for each project
  • Individual statements must still be prepared to complete other statements included in CAFR (see CAFR preparation process in Chapter 2)
  • Combining statements prepared to facilitate this process – may be part of other combining statements for all governmental funds
city of orlando fl example
City of Orlando, FL, Example
  • Part of a larger statement for all nonmajor Governmental Funds
  • Other funds included are Community Redevelopment Agencies (combine features of SRFs, DSFs, and CPFs) and Special Revenue Funds
  • Total (not shown) is for all nonmajor Governmental Funds