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The purpose of the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) is to summarize and simplify the presentation of information contained in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The County's financial statements are prepared using the financial reporting model prescribed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and are independently audited in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. We encourage you to read the CAFR, which is comprised of detailed financial statements, notes, schedules, and reports.

The PAFR is intended to be a supplement to the CAFR, not a replacement. Since the PAFR is presented in a simple and easy-to-understand format, it does not conform to United States of America generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The PAFR is not audited and excludes many material disclosures, financial statements, schedules, and notes to the financial statements found in the County's CAFR.

The PAFR is presented to better inform the public about the County's financial condition, without excessive detail or the use of technical accounting terms. This report represents the ongoing commitment of County officials to keep Frederick County citizens informed about County finances, and to be accountable for the receipt and expenditure of public funds.

Past editions of the PAFR can be found in the PAFR Archives.