County finance office award

Left to right, Caroline County Comptroller Cathie Moore, Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood, Finance Director Margaret Roe, Commission Vice President Dan Franklin, Senior Accountant Danny Fox and Commission President Larry Porter pose with the excellence in financial reporting the commissioners’ Office of Finance received for Fiscal Year 2018, its 15th consecutive year winning the award.

DENTON — For the 15th year in a row, the Caroline County Commissioners Office of Finance received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S.and Canada for Fiscal Year 2018.

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.

“This is the 15th consecutive year Caroline County has been awarded this outstanding achievement,” Commission President Larry Porter said. “As an elected official I know the importance of transparency to ensure taxpayers their money is being well-spent. While it may seem routine to win this award since we’ve done it for the last 15 years, less than 5 percent of local governments across the country qualify and it’s something we’re really proud of.”

County Administrator Jeremy Goldman congratulated the staff that oversees the county’s finances, specifically Finance Director Margaret Roe, Comptroller Cathie Moore and senior accountant Danny Fox.

“Caroline County is lucky to have a dedicated team who work diligently to ensure all taxpayer funds are properly managed and accounted for throughout the year and in each annual budget,” Goldman said. “The commissioners value the trust taxpayers place in them, which is why our financial team works so hard to ensure excellent financial reporting.”

The county’s Comprehensive Annual Finance Report was judged by an impartial panel and found to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the county’s financial story and motivate residents to read and review the report to understand how public funds are invested and spent.

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