BRADENTON, Fla. — The office of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller has been recognized with three honors from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
For the 38th consecutive year, the GFOA has awarded the Manatee County Clerk’s office with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016.
The comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read it.
The GFOA has awarded Manatee County Clerk’s office, for the 24th consecutive year, with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Manatee County Port Authority’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
These accolades are the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by government and its management.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the GFOA for our reporting,” said Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Angel Colonneso. “We strive to provide the highest level of service and information to our citizens with these reports. It’s imperative that taxpayers know how and where their money is being spent and that they feel comfortable with our service and transparency.”
For the 19th consecutive year, the GFOA has also given the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award to Manatee County for its Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016.
The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award is a prestigious national award that recognizes conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. The report tells the financial story of a local government, and it is written for the non-financial reader who has strong interest in the government’s financial stability.
About the Manatee County Clerk’s Office
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller as a public trustee, independently elected to protect public funds and public records while executing the functions of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Comptroller, Treasurer and Auditor, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners and County Recorder. The Clerk oversees a staff of more than 275 people, responsible for performing nearly 1,000 constitutional or statutory functions or duties, representing the broadest and most diverse mantle of responsibility of any locally elected official. The citizens of Manatee County elect the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller to a term of four years. Currently, Angelina M. Colonneso serves as the Clerk of the Court. For more information, call 941-749-1800 or visit www.manateeclerk.com.