Auditor Faber Announces Qualifiers for Auditor of State Awards with Distinction

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 19, 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 the Auditor of State Award with Distinction:

  • City of Lima (Allen County)
  • City of Ashland (Ashland County)
  • City of Conneaut (Ashtabula County)
  • City of Monroe (Butler County)
  • City of Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of North Olmsted (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Lakewood (Cuyahoga County)
  • Cleveland Public Library (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Berea (Cuyahoga County)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library (Cuyahoga County)
  • City of Delaware (Delaware County)
  • City of Pickerington (Fairfield County)
  • City of Lancaster (Fairfield County)
  • City of Grove City (Franklin County)
  • City of Obetz (Franklin County)
  • City of Upper Arlington (Franklin County)
  • City of Dublin (Franklin County)
  • City of Westerville (Franklin County)
  • City of Reynoldsburg (Franklin County)
  • Great Parks of Hamilton County (Hamilton County)
  • City of Springdale (Hamilton County)
  • City of Forest Park (Hamilton County)
  • Laketran (Lake County)
  • City of Newark (Licking County)
  • City of Medina (Medina County)
  • City of Wadsworth (Medina County)
  • City of Trotwood (Montgomery County)
  • City of Aurora (Portage County)
  • City of Kent (Portage County)
  • City of Canal Fulton (Stark County)
  • City of Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
  • City of Norton (Summit County)
  • City of Barberton (Summit County)
  • Metro Regional Transit Authority (Summit County)
  • Union County (Union County)
  • City of Springboro (Warren County)
  • Deerfield Township (Warren County)
  • City of Rossford (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’s Office presents the Auditor of State 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 an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).
  • 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.

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