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Montgomery County receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction

  Karl and Joe Braden  with Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Auditor Karl Keith was presented the award by Joe Braden, west regional liaison for the Auditor of State’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    
Date:  November 29, 2016 
Contact: Mike Brill
937-225-6372                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Montgomery County was recognized by Auditor of State Dave Yost with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s excellent financial record keeping and financial responsibility. The award was presented to Keith at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.

The award is presented to local governments upon completion of an annual financial audit performed by the Auditor of State’s Office. Montgomery received a clean audit report, which means it submitted its annual financial report in a timely manner, had no questioned costs, had no financial concerns and met a number of other criteria.

“Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their local governments,” Yost said. “Montgomery County’s dedication to accountability is evident.”

Keith and his staff account for monies collected and spent in Montgomery County government. The Auditor’s Office manages an extensive financial system that has more than 600 direct users and accounts for more than $1 billion each year. This information is compiled into the county’s annual financial report, which is a nearly 300 page document.

Keith noted that a single mistake would have prevented the county from receiving a clean audit report. It is considered very difficult for a county, particularly one as large as Montgomery County, to qualify for the award.

“This award reflects strong financial management throughout all of Montgomery County government,” said Keith. “But most of all, this award is thanks to the hard work and attention to detail on behalf of my accounting staff.”

Montgomery County last received the Auditor of State’s Award with Distinction in 2013. The recent award is the latest of numerous awards Montgomery County has received for its detailed accounting and thorough financial reporting work under Keith’s leadership. Montgomery County has received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting every year for the past twenty years.

Taxpayers interested in viewing Montgomery County’s financial records can visit http://www.montgomerycounty.ohiocheckbook.com.

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