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National organization recognizes Comptroller Mychajliw and office professionals for outstanding excellence

Modified: January 28, 2019 10:33am
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January 28, 2019

Report detailing county financial outlook earned high marks 

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. announces that his office has once again been recognized for outstanding excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). Noting the office’s exceptional financial reporting practices, GFOA awarded the Erie County Comptroller’s Office Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR). 

“Earning this national recognition for the fifth consecutive year is an honor. I want to thank my team for providing excellent service to the taxpayers. We are committed to transparency and ensuring that taxpayers have a clear understanding of how the County Executive and Legislature are allocating funds. This office will always stand up for the taxpayers and work to achieve the high standards that have been set forth,” said Comptroller Mychajliw. 

The PAFR is a comprehensive report that demonstrates governmental accountability to the taxpayers of Erie County. The main goal of the PAFR is to provide critical information in a concise format that is easy to read. Through this effort, taxpayers are better informed about the county budget and financial outlook. 

“We are dealing with a $1.8 billion budget. It is a lot of information to take in. My office’s analysis provides a resource for taxpayers to see exactly how their hard-earned money is being spent. I am the only Comptroller in county history to receive this national award. While the PAFR is a great tool, it is only one piece of the puzzle to keeping taxpayers up to date. I also launched the Taxpayer Checkbook. This was the county’s first online feature that shows taxpayers exactly who is receiving county funds. Since taking office, I have changed how this office interacts with the public and will continue to do so,” Comptroller Mychajliw concluded.   

GFOA’s Awards for Excellence recognize innovative contributions in the field of government finance and leading examples of best practice implementation. The County’s award-winning PAFR can be found at here: 2017 PAFR. The Taxpayer Checkbook can be found on the Comptroller’s homepage.

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