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County Commission Recognizes Clerk for 20 Years of Award-Winning Financial Reporting

Proclamation Declares December 2 as “Financial Reporting Excellence Day”

Clerk Sharon Bock, Commissioner Burt Aaronson and the Clerk’s Financial Reporting team.

Photo Caption: Clerk Sharon Bock, Commissioner Burt Aaronson and the Clerk’s Financial Reporting team.

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (December 1, 2009) – In a proclamation sponsored by Commissioner Burt Aaronson, the Board of County Commissioners has declared December 2, 2009, as “Financial Reporting Excellence Day” in Palm Beach County. The proclamation, presented at today’s BCC meeting, celebrates 20 years of an award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR. Produced annually by the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, the CAFR provides the public with a complete accounting of all county revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities at the conclusion of each fiscal year. It has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association every year since 1989.

“My staff and I are so proud to share this achievement with you and the citizens of Palm Beach County,” Clerk Bock said to commissioners after the proclamation. “The CAFR is imperative for open, transparent and accountable government. We’re proud to have worked together to make this an award-winning publication for the past 20 years.”

The CAFR and other county financial information are available on the Clerk’s Web site, www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. Citizens interested how their tax dollars are managed by county government may want to also check out the CAFR’s condensed sister-publication, Checks & Balances: Your Guide to County Finances. The easy-to-read citizen’s report contains user-friendly information ranging from the impact of a down economy on government revenue to the effects of tax reform.  For the third straight year since its inception, Checks & Balances has received the GFOA’s “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting.” 

For more information about the Clerk’s office or available financial reports, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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