Reference Number: 
CTAS-904

The County Financial Management System of 1981 (CFMS of 1981)  is one of the two optional general law statutes of local application that a county may adopt to centralize the county’s purchasing functions. The system is similar to the 1957 acts; however, under this act the county operates under one act rather than three separate acts. Furthermore, unlike the 1957 acts, the school funds are managed under this system just like all other county funds. The commissioner of education may remove the school department if records are not maintained properly and timely (T.C.A. § 5-21-124). The County Financial Management System of 1981—

  • Is found in T.C.A. §§ 5-21-101 through 5-21-129.
  • Provides for the consolidation of financial functions and establishment of a financial management system for all county funds operated through the county trustee.
  • Creates a department of finance to administer the finances of the county and all funds handled by the trustee, in conformance with generally accepted principles of governmental accounting and rules and regulations established by the state comptroller of the treasury, state commissioner of education and state law (T.C.A. § 5-21-103).
  • Allows the county to choose between two organizational options for purchasing.
  • Must be installed within 13 months, beginning on July 1 of the fiscal year after its adoption (T.C.A. § 5-21-127).
  • Requires approval by a two-thirds vote of the county legislative body or a majority of the voters in a referendum in order to be effective in any county (T.C.A. § 5-21-126).

Applicability to the Department of Education.  School funds are managed under this system just like all other county funds. The commissioner of education may remove the school department if records are not maintained properly and timely (T.C.A. § 5-21-124).