Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (Jan. 8, 2020) – For the fifth year in a row the Hays County Auditor’s Office has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for financial transparency in its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFAO). The group also lauded County Auditor Marisol Villarreal-Alonzo for leading the effort.
The award is based on an impartial panel review by the GFAO. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to the GFOA. The CAFR must include demonstrating a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the government organization’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The Hays County Commissioners Court Tuesday thanked the Auditor’s Office for its hard work and excellence in accounting practices. County Auditor Marisol Villarreal-Alonzo, CPA, MPA, thanked her staff for the valuable assistance they provide in producing the CAFR, as well as the District Court judges (who appoint the County Auditor and to whom she reports) and the Hays County Commissioners Court “who have always placed financial management as a priority.”
“I am so proud of our Auditor’s Office and the work they do on a daily basis,” Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said. “They work hard to make sure the County spends our taxpayers’ money appropriately and with full transparency. The staff fully deserve the award bestowed upon them.”