Ascension Parish Assessor receives Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting


The Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office by the Government Finance Officers of the United States and Canada (GOFA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

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.

“It is an honor to have been recognized by a national association as being fiscally responsible,” said Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley. “Winning this award demonstrates our financial transparency, which is what the citizens of Ascension deserve. Your Assessor’s Office will continually move forward with excellence in financial reporting and commitment to fiscal integrity.”

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and groups to read the CAFR.

The GOFA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,450 government finance professions with offices in Chicago and Washington D.C.