Gahanna has been recognized among the best of the best for accounting and financial reporting practices for the fourth consecutive year.

The city of Gahanna received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016.

"Earning this recognition for the fourth year in a row demonstrates our continued commitment to transparency and fiscal accountability to Gahanna's taxpayers," said Tom Kneeland, Gahanna's mayor. "I am very pleased by the efforts of our finance department, led by Joann Bury, to ensure we are adhering to the highest standards of reporting to our citizens."

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment, according to city officials.

"It is always an honor to receive this recognition," said Bury, Gahanna's finance director. "Receiving this award demonstrates our continued dedication to providing comprehensive financial information and transparency to our citizens."

The annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel against the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story, and motivating users and user groups to read the report.

Gahanna's Finance Department oversees all of the city's financial operations, including activities related to the municipal income tax; city budget; annual appropriations; accounts payable; debt, banking and investment management; and payroll.

A copy of the financial report can be found under the "Finance" section of the city's website, gahanna.gov/financial-publications/.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.

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