It is the goal of the City of Columbia's Finance Department to provide transparency and accountability to its citizens and other interested parties.  In an effort to reach this goal, the City posts certain financial information online.

Reports that are provided on an annual basis include the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Uniform Guidance Report, an independent opinion on how the City administers and spends federal funds.

Reports provided on a monthly basis consist of the Truth in Spending Report, which is the check register for Accounts Payable, and the Monthly Status Report.  The Status Report compares revenues and expenses with the City's budget in specified funds.