Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 11, 2013

County receives award for financial reporting

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Auditor’s office has again been honored for its work in financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officer’s Association awarded Navarro County its 19th consecutive “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” award.

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 release accompanying the award.

County Auditor Kathy Hollomon received the “Award of Financial Reporting Achievement” from 13th District Judge James Lagomarsino at Monday’s meeting of the Navarro County Commissioners Court.

The honors came to the county and Hollomon as a result of the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report prepared by Hollomon and her staff.

Navarro County has won the award every year since 1993. In 2010, only 42 other counties in Texas received the same Certificate of Excellence awarded to Navarro County.

Lagomarsino said of the 87,525 local government entities as of the last census, only 498 counties received the award, adding that the county is in the top 1/2 of 1 percent of all local government entities eligible.

The Government Finance Officer’s Association established the certificate of achievement program in 1945. it requires preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

Commissioners meeting briefs

Consent Agenda

  Commissioners approved the consent agenda, including minutes of previous meetings, payment of bills, and a budget adjustment.

Burn Ban discussed

  Drought Index is still very low, said County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr. No action was taken. Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin urges caution due to recent fire in Eureka.

Reinvestment Tax Credits approved

  Improvements in downtown area eligible to apply for tax credits based on re-investments in their properties. Total of $14,110.90 to be credited for the improvements. Passed contingent upon taxes being current by those applying for credits.

Pct. 1 Racial profiling report presented

  Pct. 1’s constable is exempt from filing a report since Constable Mike Davis does not routinely make traffic stops. Paperwork filed.

Proclamation for Mosaic approved

  Commissioners approved a proclamation designating Feb. 19 as Mosaic Appreciation Day in Navarro County.

Request for salvage approved

  Commissioners approved a request to declare two county trucks as salvage for Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin.

Bridge repair approved

  A bridge on NECR 2120 in Pct. 2 will be repaired by Neyland Bridge. Recent rains have compromised the bridge, said Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin.

Road bond released

  A bond posted by Dallas Production for work on SECR 3110 and SECR 3150 has been released after a road inspection after work was done.

Subdivision approved

  A new subdivision at SECR 2160 and SECR 2140 for Dick Martenson was approved.

Road crossing OK'd

  Permission was granted to the City of Dawson Water Supply to cross SWCR 4020 in Pct. 3

HIDTA grants, application approved

  Commissioners approved grant paperwork for the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The funds are passed through Navarro County and to the agency for its work in North Texas.

Justice Center security work OK’d

  Sheriff Elmer Tanner told commissioners he had been informed that security alarm buttons in the Justice of Peace offices and courtroom were not functioning. Apparently, they had not been repaired after storms damaged the system in the Justice Center and the courthouse, he said. The courthouse system was repaired after the storms, but not the Justice Center. Commissioners authorized the repairs, and the addition of buttons in the Sheriff’s Office as well. JP Connie Hickman said the work, estimated to cost about $3,000, would be paid for out of the JP Technology Fund.


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