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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Haywood County Earns Top Honor for Outstanding Financial Reporting

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Haywood County has been recognized with the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The county's commitment to clear and comprehensive financial reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, stood out and earned us this esteemed award! 

Haywood County’s annual financial report underwent a thorough evaluation by an impartial panel, meeting the high standards set by the GFOA program. Our report was commended for its open and honest communication of the county's financial situation, encouraging readers to easily understand the information. 

"The Finance Team's unwavering commitment to transparency and accuracy is truly commendable. Their diligent work throughout the year, not just during year-end reporting, has been instrumental in achieving this prestigious award," said Kristian Owen, Haywood County’s Finance Director.  

The Certificate of Achievement is a big deal in the world of government finance! Haywood County has proudly received this recognition every year since 1995, showcasing the county’s consistent dedication to financial excellence. 

County Manager Bryant Morehead added, “This achievement reflects the dedication of our Finance Team to ensuring accountability and transparency in our financial practices. Their efforts go beyond the numbers, telling the story of responsible fiscal management that benefits our entire community." 

The GFOA started the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage governments to go above and beyond the minimum requirements for financial reports. The goal is to make sure that these reports are not just meeting a checklist but are helping the community understand how well their local government is managing money.