Oakland County awarded for excellence in popular financial reporting

Oakland County has won the Award of Excellence for its 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 21st year in a row. The PAFR summarizes for taxpayers how the county spends their money. It is one of the ways County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s administration works to make county government more transparent and accessible to residents.

“Oakland County’s fiscal services team is terrific,” Patterson said. “Their outstanding performance, evidenced by these awards, is indicative of the culture of excellence at Oakland County.”

The GFOA gives the PAFR award based on reader appeal, understandability, creativity, and overall quality and usefulness of the report, among others. The GFOA established it to encourage local governments to produce a high quality PAFR based on their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for individuals without a background in public finance.

The PAFR award comes on the heels of the GFOA bestowing the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting upon Oakland County for its CAFR for the 27th year in a row. Fiscal Services Officer Lynn Sonkiss praised the team that put the PAFR together, particularly Gaia Piir, who coordinated the project; Dave Nelson and Carol Morin, both of fiscal services; and Pam Tremble, graphic artist.

“I am very honored and grateful to work with such dedicated staff that continue to make this GFOA award possible,” Sonkiss said.

To view the Fiscal 2017 PAFR, go to oakgov.com/mgtbud/fiscal, click on the “Oakland County 2017 Financial Summary.”