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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Halifax County for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.

The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the 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.

“Our Finance team works diligently for this recognition on behalf of Halifax County,” said Mary Duncan, finance director. “Transparency in local government, especially in the area of finance, is of critical importance. Despite a bit of staff transition this year, our team still got everyone in place and up to speed to pull together and maintain this level of excellence.”

County Manager Dia Denton said, “Our Finance Department is exceptional, and the national recognition is spectacular. Halifax County is in good hands with Ms. Duncan and her staff managing the county’s finances. Achieving 23 awards in a row is amazing, and we look forward to quite a celebration when we achieve 25.”

The GFOA advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.