Anderson County announced this week that its Accounts and Budgets Office has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the county’s comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR.
The Certificate of Achievement has been awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Anderson County is approaching the 20th consecutive year that it has received the award from GFOA, according to records, a press release said.
The release said the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
“Our budget director, Chris Phillips, and deputy budget director, Connie Aytes, and our entire Budget Office staff do a great job every day of tracking the county’s finances and keeping everything in line with all the rules and regulations we must follow by law,” Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said. “I am very proud of each member of our team for their diligence in keeping the county’s finances in order.
“A lot of extra work is required to participate in this program, and Connie deserves extra praise for all the hours she goes above and beyond the call of duty to help Anderson County achieve this award,” Frank said.
The press release said the award of a Certificate of Achievement by the GFOA means that Anderson County’s comprehensive annual financial report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the GFOA program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the county’s financial story and motivate potential users to read the CAFR.