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Morrow recognized for financial reporting

The City of Morrow was recognized this month by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year 2009.

The award represents the 15th consecutive year the city has been nationally recognized for its comprehensive, annual financial report, according to city officials.

The "Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting," a GFOA news release says, "and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management."

On Tuesday, Morrow Finance Director Dan Defnall and his staff were presented with the award by city officials.

Defnall said numerous city projects in 2009, such as Olde Towne Morrow, the Morrow Center, and improvements to the Jester's Creek Trail, as well as a staff reduction, presented a challenge to the city's finance department.

He said to achieve the award, given the circumstances involved, was a "great feeling."

"[Last year] was a very tough year for us," Defnall said. "We had a lot of projects going on. Those projects generated a lot of paperwork. It [the Certificate of Achievement] is a voluntary program ... Once you get it, you don't want to have a year of not getting it.

"It shows that we maintain the highest standards for financial reporting," he added.

-- Joel Hall