Helena – Lewis and Clark County has once again received an unmodified (“clean”) opinion according to the annual audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, performed by Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., certified public accountants.
Sherry Peets, Accounting Manager for Lewis and Clark County, reported to the Board of County Commissioners that the audit opinion noted no findings were found on the single audit (federal expenditure) component of the audit. She also said no deficiencies in internal control or material weaknesses were noted.
The audit is an annual requirement and is submitted to the Montana Department of Administration in December of each year.
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) will be submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for consideration of the Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Report. Lewis and Clark County has received the award for 24 consecutive years. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional organization serving approximately 20,000 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.
The County’s revenues totaled $55,402,747 for the year, an increase of $3,514,124 from the prior year. Revenues included $15,176,549 in program revenues, $32,869,288 in property taxes, $5,817,246 in grants and contributions not restricted to other programs, and $1,539,664 in other revenues.
Expenses for County operations for the year totaled $53,321,261, an increase of $5,558,821 from the prior year. Expenses included $48,853,366 for governmental activities and $4,467,895 for business-type activities.
A copy of the audit report is available for review at the County’s offices at 316 N. Park Ave. in Helena. The report is also available on the County’s website at https://www.lccountymt.gov/admin-finance/accounting.html