Pickerington Times-Sun

City's financial record-keeping earns honors

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Pickerington has received several awards for financial record-keeping, validating an emphasis on accuracy, promptness and efficiency when it comes to working the numbers.

City Finance Director Chris Schornack said the city is receiving a total of three awards this year, all of them prestigious and all indicative of the city's willingness to go above and beyond what is required in regards to its financial record-keeping.

Pickerington is receiving a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" for its 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

"This is the ninth year the city filed a CAFR and received this award," Schornack said.

"We also received the 'Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Financial Reporting' for our 2012 Popular Annual Financial Report," he said, adding it is "the second year we have filed this report and received this award."

Additionally, the city is receiving an award from the state of Ohio for presenting a "clean" audit.

"We have also been notified that we are receiving the 'Dave Yost, Auditor of State's Award with Distinction' in recognition of our 2012 CAFR," Schornack said.

This will be the seventh time the city has received such an award, he said.

Local governments and school districts are eligible to receive the Auditor of State's award.

According to the auditor's office, the audit report should not contain "any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs."

"These awards recognize the city's commitment to financial reporting and are the result of a team effort to compile and accurately present the city's financial picture," Schornack said.

"The city is committed to earning these awards annually and demonstrating the proper use of public funds."

Pickerington City Manager Bill Vance had high praise for Schornack's efforts, calling him "the most talented and professionally successful Finance Director that I have had the pleasure to work with."

"Pickerington's mayor, City Council and city manager continue to respect, appreciate and benefit from Mr. Schornack's policy recommendations," Vance said, adding they "have always provided for the best financial interests of the city of Pickerington, its taxpayers and its utility customers."

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