Clerk Awarded For Financial Reporting

The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in government financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officers Association honored the clerk’s office with its “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting” award for the Fiscal Year 2011 edition of the office’s easy-to-read citizen’s report, “Checks and Balances: Your Guide to County Finances.” This is the sixth consecutive year that “Checks and Balances” earned this honor from the GFOA.

Also recognized by the GFOA for the 23rd consecutive year was the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, also produced each year by the clerk’s office. The report received the association’s prestigious “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for the Fiscal Year 2011 version of the CAFR.

The “Checks and Balances” guide for FY 2011 contains helpful information about how Palm Beach County tax dollars are spent, economic factors that affect county revenues, and how property taxes are calculated. The information is drawn mostly from the more detailed CAFR. Both reports are produced at the end of each fiscal year and are available, along with other financial information, on the County Financial Reports section of

“It’s an honor to once again receive these recognitions from the GFOA,” Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock said. “We strive each year to provide financial information to the public that is both comprehensive and easy to understand. I’m grateful that the GFOA continues to honor us for our efforts.”

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that offers benchmarking and independent analysis of public accounting practices and financial reporting. As the independently elected chief financial officer of the county, the clerk’s office provides a check and balance as the accountant, treasurer and auditor, handling finances, investments and county financial reporting.

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