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Geneva’s financial reporting and transparency efforts have culminated with the City’s third national award in the last five months.The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada honored the City’s accomplishments, which represent the highest form of achievement in the field of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Association is a non-profit organization serving about 19,000 government finance professionals The association's Executive Director Chris Morrill also sent his congratulations to Geneva in a short video. The City has received the following accolades:
The City's budget practices have earned national acclaim for nine consecutive years. In order to receive the award, Geneva had to satisfy best practice standards, including how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, as well as the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
For the sixth straight year, the City was recognized for going above and beyond with its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR). The City’s 2017-18 audit report contains financial statements and records from the past decade, property tax and debt data, and general statistical information about Geneva. The award demonstrates the City’s “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial picture to the public.
For those not inclined to read the nearly 200-page CAFR, the City’s Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) provides a nice alternative. This 16-page, visually-friendly audit summary filled with photos and graphs offers readers a better understanding of the complexities of government finances and other helpful information. The Association bestowed the PAFR award to Geneva for the third consecutive year.Geneva’s budget and financial reports can be found on the City’s website.