For the 14th consecutive year, the City of Branson’s Finance Department has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA) awarded Branson’s Finance Department this award in February 2019 for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended in 2017. The review process for this award is a lengthy one that involves compiling a report, receiving a thorough audit and a review by an impartial panel. According to the GFOA, Branson’s financial report met the high standards of the program which includes transparency and demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.
“This award is the direct result of the hard work, dedication, and transparency of our entire Finance Department. They understand what a great responsibility it is to be good stewards of our taxpayer's money and how important it is for people to know that their tax money is being managed in the most responsible manner,” said Finance Director, Jamie Rouch.
According to the GFOA, the attainment of this award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.