RELEASE- Lethbridge County Receives Trifecta of Financial Reporting Awards
Lethbridge County is pleased to announce that administration has received three prestigious budgeting and financial reporting awards in 2018 from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). In addition to the Distinguished Budget Award for the County’s 2018-2020 Budget, which was received and announced last month, Lethbridge County has received two additional awards: the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 2017 Annual Report and the Popular Annual Financial Report Award for the 2017 Annual Report Highlights document. The GFOA presents these awards to participating municipalities that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial reporting.
“Winning this trifecta of financial reporting awards reiterates that Lethbridge County is committed to the highest standards in our work,” says Chief Administrative Officer Ann Mitchell. “Led by the Finance department, County staff work collaboratively to create these documents and the awards represent an organization-wide achievement.”
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting is awarded for comprehensive annual financial reports and was given to only 8 rural municipalities in Alberta. The Popular Annual Financial Report Award is awarded for high quality popular annual financial reports designed to be accessible and understandable to those without a background in public finance. Lethbridge County was the only rural municipality in Alberta to receive this award.
“Our goal is to be accessible and transparent to our citizens in everything we do, including our financial reporting and budgeting” says Tracy Anderson, Director of Corporate Services. “We were very pleased to have received all three of these awards and I would like to thank our staff for the hard work and dedication they give to these projects each year.”
The 2018-2020 Budget, 2017 Annual Report, and 2017 Annual Report Highlights can be viewed at: http://lethcounty.ca/government/publications