City of Duncanville Qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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September 22, 2017 – Acting Director in the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Technical Services Center Todd Buikema announced the City of Duncanville’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended 2016 has qualified for GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The CAFR was compiled by the City’s Finance Department, and fiscal year 2016 marks the City’s 22 consecutive year to be awarded the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement (AFRA) is also presented when a Certificate of Achievement is awarded to a government.

Finance Director Richard Summerlin stated preparation of the CAFR and the external audit starts in late September and finishes in March the following year.

“It is an honor to receive the GFOA Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting,” Summerlin said. “GFOA sends the CAFR to three independent volunteer reviewers each year so we have different people reviewing each year. We welcome the comments from GFOA, and the reviewers that help us improve our reporting process and disclosures to achieve the highest level of accountability and transparency. I want to thank all Finance Personnel and especially Assistant Finance Director, Tia Pettis, for the many late hours spent in preparing for the audit and the CAFR.”

According to the Texas Comptroller website, the State of Texas CAFR is a set of financial statements for a state, municipality or other governmental entity that comply with the accounting requirements established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. It must be audited by an independent auditor using generally accepted government auditing standards. The CAFR has three sections: introductory, financial and statistical.

In July, the City of Duncanville also received a star in the area of Traditional Finances for outstanding efforts in making spending and revenue information available to the public through the Texas Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program.

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