West Columbia Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 27th Year
West Columbia, SC – (November 15, 2018, at 3:10 PM)–The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of West Columbia by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). 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.
Mayor Bobby Horton said, “This nationally recognized award is evidence of the excellent management of the City’s financial affairs by the City Treasurer and City Staff. ”
“We work hard to make sure every dollar of taxpayer money is well spent and accounted for. I am proud of the level of stewardship and accountability that our staff provides in our financial affairs,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Tem Miles.
City Treasurer and Assistant City Administrator Justin R. Black, CPA, said, “We are blessed to have a finance staff that strives for excellence every single day. We are thankful to have the support of administration and council in our efforts to provide sound financial statements and information each year. This award is obtained by satisfying the highest standards in this program.”
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top-quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, DC.
The City of West Columbia is situated along eight miles of the beautiful lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers. Known for being friendly, welcoming and affordable, the city also has top-level schools and a myriad of dining and shopping options, as well as exemplary health care options that are within a three-mile radius. The area is ideal for commerce, thanks to its business-friendly attitude, low taxes, and utility rates. The City is concentrating on economic development and is eager to attract business start-ups and/or relocations. Additionally, major interstates, highways, the airport, and Columbia are just minutes away. When it comes to recreation, West Columbia offers kayaking, canoeing, tubing, parks, waterfront concerts, 8.5 miles of walking and biking trails, and much more, including access to the renowned Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Waterfall Junction. More information is available at www.westcolumbiasc.gov.