Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy to Present “Stewardship Award” to Whatcom Transportation Authority

Submitted by: WTA

Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy will attend WTA’s June board of directors meeting to present a Stewardship Award. The meeting will be held at 8 am on Thursday, June 21 at the Whatcom County Courthouse Council Chambers, located at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham.

WTA was notified of the award shortly after receiving its 21st consecutive “Audit with No Findings” from the Washington State Auditor’s office, earlier this year.

According to their website, “The State Auditor’s Stewardship Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the stewardship of public resources as we pursue our shared goal of government that works better, costs less, and earns greater public trust.”

A Washington State review team conducted its annual audit and verified WTA’s compliance with federal, state and agency financial policies.  Upon completion, they issued an opinion regarding how accurately WTA’s financial statements represent the agency’s actual financial condition.  According to the report, WTA complies with applicable requirements and provides adequate safeguarding of public resources. WTA’s financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the agency.

WTA General Manager Pete Stark said, “Our 21 consecutive years of audits without findings reflect WTA’s ongoing commitment to excellence in financial management, and to stewardship of taxpayer dollars. This accomplishment isn’t about a few individuals; this is something my entire team can be proud of.”

The State Auditor’s Office independently serves the citizens of Washington by promoting accountability, fiscal integrity and openness in state and local government.  Working with these governments, the State Auditor’s Office strives to ensure the proper use of public resources.

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