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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Communications Director and Finance Director holding awards

Linn County was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. The awards were given by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This is the 30th consecutive year Linn County has received this recognition for its CAFR and the 21st consecutive year the County has received this recognition for its PAFR.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel that determined Linn County’s CAFR met the high standards of the program including demonstrating the spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate Linn County’s financial story. 

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. 

A panel of judges review each report and evaluate them based on reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, and creativity.

The 12-page PAFR (PDF) is a shorter, less technical summary of Linn County’s financial condition compared to the 100-plus page CAFR (PDF). In addition to providing easy to understand financial information, the PAFR also highlights Linn County’s accomplishments and major initiatives of the past year and demonstrates the vital role of county government. Linn County produces the PAFR as part of its ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed about the County’s finances and to be accountable for the receipt and expenditure of public funds.

Copies of Linn County’s CAFR are available at the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids or on Linn County’s website at 

About GFOA

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is a major professional association serving more than 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., with offices in Washington, D.C. Visit for more information. 

Communications Director Joi Alexander (left) and Finance Director Dawn Jindrich (right)

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