Georgetown County government has – for the fifth consecutive year – received the highest form of recognition available in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The county’s Finance Department was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association for the county’s most recent comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. The attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, association officials said in presenting the award.
“We hope that your example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting,” said Michele Mark Levine in a letter from the association announcing the award.
The report submitted by the county was judged to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report, according to the association.
The report may be viewed online at https://www.gtcounty.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/270.
Georgetown County Administrator Angela Christian said the county strives to be transparent in all the county’s operations and finances, and the county’s finance staff works hard to find ways to meet that goal. Karis Langston, Director of Finance for Georgetown County, echoed this statement and added praise for her staff. “We've worked very hard at making sure that everything is balanced and that we've done everything we're supposed to do, that we've recorded things the correct way, and that we've put them into a concise and readable document for everyone to review,” Langston said. “I am very proud of my staff. It's a lot of hard work on their part. They make us look good every day.”