The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of West Columbia by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 26 consecutive years.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“GFOA sets the standards in financial reporting for all governmental agencies,” City Treasurer and Assistant City Administrator Justin R. Black, CPA said. “This is the highest form of recognition that we can receive in financial reporting as a local government. This being the 26th year in a row in receiving this award speaks to the tradition of financial reporting excellence set before me. The only way this is possible is through the hard work and dedication of my finance team, the leadership of City administration, and the direction of City Council.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving about 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.