Bowers is a trusted financial resource to our governmental partners.
We are heavily involved with serving local governmental organizations. Our integrity, communication, and excellence help these important partners find value and make better financial decisions that affect the lives of so many.
Bowers specializes in serving school districts and municipalities with many specialized financial services.
“Our accounting system and organization structure is complex, with many affiliated companies as well as multiple federal and state grant funding sources with various levels of compliance requirements. Liz Bush and the staff of Bowers are courteous, professional and make the auditing process as easy as possible, always completing the audit and tax returns in a timely manner. If questions arise outside of the audit season, Liz is always willing to help find answers, allowing us to focus our time and resources on the goals and mission of our organization.”
Sarah Millard, Fiscal Director - Neighbors of Watertown, Inc.
Bowers has been serving New York State school districts for more than 35 years.
Facing significant budget pressures, it is more important than ever that school districts run as efficiently as possible. We have built an audit team specializing in school districts and bringing real-world, hands-on experience to offer sound advice and solutions regarding internal controls, accounting support, and fraud prevention.
We partner with you on accounting and assurance services, external and internal audits, single audits under uniform guidance, as well as forensic accounting and fraud examination.
We perform audits of district’s financial statements which provide independent assurance to stakeholders that the financial statements are accurate and reliable.
We help school districts implement and maintain internal controls, which are procedures and policies designed to prevent fraud and ensure that financial transactions are accurate and reliable.
School districts are subject to various laws and regulations related to finance and accounting, including state and federal laws; we ensure that the school district is compliant with these laws and regulations.
We help school districts with financial management, including budgeting, auditing, financial reporting, and single audit compliance, and provide guidance on financial policies and procedures to ensure that the school district’s financial statements are accurate and reliable.
We perform federal grant compliance audits to ensure the District is following the requirements of the grant award.
“Our school district has worked with Bowers for over two decades and I have had the privilege of working with them for the last thirteen years. The team’s attention to detail, professionalism, knowledgebase, and timeliness has always impressed us. We rely on their sound advice before, during, and after our yearly external audit. They are a true pleasure to work with!”
Jennifer L. Gaffney, Superintendent – Sackets Harbor Central School District
Bowers has been serving New York State cities, towns, and villages
for more than 35 years.
We partner with you on accounting services for municipalities including financial statement audits, justice court audits, compliance, and operational audits, federal single audits, agreed-upon procedures engagements, and forensic accounting and fraud examination.
We help municipalities with financial reporting, including preparation of financial statements and reports that accurately and transparently present the municipality’s financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.
We perform audits of municipal financial statements which provide independent assurance to stakeholders that the financial statements are accurate and reliable.
Learn more about our audit approach.
Municipalities are subject to various laws and regulations related to finance and accounting, including state and federal laws; we ensure that the municipality is compliant with these laws and regulations.
We help municipalities implement and maintain internal controls, which are procedures and policies designed to prevent fraud and ensure that financial transactions are accurate and reliable.
Budgeting and Forecasting:
We provide valuable insights and analysis to municipalities, including financial planning and forecasting, cost analysis, and benchmarking against other municipalities.
“The Town of Massena has utilized Bowers as its auditing firm for 28 years. In that time, there have been different sets of elected officials and bookkeepers and they all have felt confident recommending Bowers. Our Town encompasses many municipal owned layers including the highway department, airport, library, cultural center and museum and Bowers can pull it altogether into a nice professional audit. I have found Bowers to be responsive to our needs and requests, professional. Their staff members are approachable and able to respond to answer any questions that we might have. I would recommend Bowers to any municipality.”
Steve O’Shaughnessy, Massena Town Supervisor