For Immediate Release: October 26, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613
Sarasota, FL: Continuing a years-long streak of professional recognition, the City of Sarasota Finance Department was honored recently with two prestigious awards by the Government Finance Officers Association: Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. Both awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in government accounting and financial reporting. The honors were bestowed for outstanding reports produced during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.
This is the 35th consecutive year the City of Sarasota has been honored with the Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award recognizes local and state governments which prepare comprehensive reports with an eye on transparency and full disclosure, and exceed generally accepted accounting practices. To review the CAFR click here.
For the third straight year, the City of Sarasota was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. The Popular Report is written in layman’s terms for the public and is designed to be an abbreviated, easy to understand version of the CAFR. To read the Popular Report click here.
“This is extraordinary,” said Kelly Strickland, Finance Director. “To be recognized consistently for so many years by the premiere professional government finance organization in North America truly highlights the commitment and expertise on the Finance team. We’re honored to be recognized with these awards once again. We couldn’t produce these reports without staff help in all the departments throughout the year.”
Nearly 18,000 government finance professionals are served by the Government Finance Officers Association in the United States and Canada. Approximately 4,200 entities received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting this year and 325 received the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award.
For more information, contact Finance Director Kelly Strickland: 941-365-2200 ext. 4124.
About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com