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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 28, 2020
​Mary Hall, Auditor
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Auditor’s Office Receives Award for Financial Reporting

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor's Financial Services Team received their 13th straight Annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) gives the award to recognize state and local governments who go above and beyond in their financial reporting.

"We are committed to making county finances transparent and accessible to the public," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Our team in Financial Services is incredibly talented and dedicated. I'm really grateful for the work they do."

The Financial Services department provides a complete look at county finances by producing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement recognizes the CAFR for the 2018 fiscal year, the most recent report available. Thurston County is one of only a few counties in Washington that go beyond the requirements of the Washington State Auditor's Office to produce a CAFR instead of a basic Annual Financial Report.

Each CAFR covers a fiscal year (January 1 through December 31). Financial staff are now starting the process to write the CAFR covering the 2019 fiscal year. CAFRs from previous years are also available on the Auditor's Financial Reports webpage.

This award follows the county's fourth straight clean audit from the State Auditor's Office last summer.

The Auditor's Financial Services team provides direct financial services and guidance to Thurston County offices and departments in the areas of accounting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, financial reporting, and grants management.