Auditor Faber Announces Qualifiers for Auditor of State Awards with Distinction

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

COLUMBUS – Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Keith Faber have returned clean audit reports. Their record keeping has qualified them for Auditor of State Awards with Distinction:

  • City of Fairfield (Butler County)
  • City of Oxford (Butler County)
  • City of Hamilton (Butler County)
  • Regional Income Tax Agency (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Middleburg Heights (Cuyahoga County)
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Westlake (Cuyahoga County)
  • Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Brooklyn (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Brook Park (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Defiance (Defiance County)
  • City of Worthington (Franklin County)
  • City of Grandview Heights (Franklin County)
  • Westerville School District Library (Franklin County)
  • Worthington Libraries (Franklin County)
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Franklin County)
  • City of Groveport (Franklin County)
  • City of Xenia (Greene County)
  • City of Wyoming (Hamilton County)
  • Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Hamilton County)
  • City of Montgomery (Hamilton County)
  • City of Loveland (Hamilton County)
  • Hancock County (Hancock County)
  • City of Mentor (Lake County)
  • City of Troy (Miami County)
  • City of Vandalia (Montgomery County)
  • Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority (Montgomery County)
  • City of Fairborn (Montgomery County)
  • Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (Stark County)
  • City of Green (Summit County)
  • City of Tallmadge (Summit County)
  • Wayne County (Wayne County)
  • City of Northwood (Wood County)
  • Wood County (Wood County)

“By keeping accurate financial records, governing bodies demonstrate their commitment to efficient, effective, and transparent service,” Auditor Faber said. “This award honors public entities that have put in the hard work to keep their finances in order.”

The Auditor of State’s Office presents the Award with Distinction to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file financial reports with the Auditor of State’s Office by the statutory due date, without extension, via the Hinkle System, on a GAAP accounting basis and prepare a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:
    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than the threshold per the Uniform Guidance
    • Lack of timely report submission
    • Bank reconciliation issues
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit in accordance with Uniform Guidance
    • Findings for recovery less than $500
    • Public meetings or public records issues
  • The entity has no other financial or other concerns

Full copies of these reports are available online.


The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates, and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.

Marc Kovac