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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence



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For the 23rd consecutive year, the Forest Preserve District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The certificate was awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the District's comprehensive annual financial report.

"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 a news release from GFOA.

The award was for fiscal year 2017.

“Receiving this award is difficult to accomplish once or twice,” said John Gerl, the Forest Preserve’s chief financial officer. “Receiving this prestigious award for 23 consecutive years is truly a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the Forest Preserve’s Accounting and Finance Department. The District accomplishes many great things in the area of conservation and preservation of the county’s natural resources; however, we are also a very large business and being recognized by GFOA with this award indicates the financial reporting of our business is accurate, timely and transparent.”

According to GFOA, the District's comprehensive annual financial report met the program's high standards, which included a "spirit of full disclosure" designed to clearly communicate the District's financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the document.

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