Lewis and Clark County receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting



June 26, 2019

Helena – Lewis and Clark County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2018. This marks the 23 consecutive year the County has received the award, starting in 1995.

The Lewis and Clark County Accounting Department will be presented with the award at the June 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“A huge amount of work goes into the CAFR,” said Lewis and Clark County Chief Finance Officer Nancy Everson. “We use the CAFR throughout the year to demonstrate the County’s financial status and it is instrumental in the County’s AA bond rating. The GFOA award recognizes the hard work that goes into it, and more importantly, the expertise of the accounting staff.”

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.

“We take pride in sound fiscal management of Lewis and Clark County taxpayer money and the CAFR is a reflection of that,” said Lewis and Clark County Chief Administrative Officer Roger Baltz. “Our staff works very hard to achieve excellence and we are very excited about this award.”

Lewis and Clark County is one of three counties in Montana to receive the award. Full results are found at www.gfoa.org/2018-results-certificate-achievement-excellence-financial-reporting-program

The Lewis and Clark County 2018 CAFR is found at https://www.lccountymt.gov/fileadmin/user_upload/Clerk_and_Recorder/Financial/doc-pdf/CAFR2018.pdf


Jeni Garcin

Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator

Lewis and Clark County