Local Government

For more than 40 years, HintonBurdick has established a reputation for providing quality governmental auditing services to numerous local governments. We currently provide services for more than 60 local governments through which we have gained extensive experience in auditing a variety of governmental entities as well as performing single audits. Four of our partners, Mike SpilkerChad AtkinsonSteve Palmer, and McKay Hall currently specialize in governmental audit services in multiple states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.

We have developed and utilize a unique “fund” approach to our local government audits which helps us focus on issues related to each fund rather than overall revenues or expenditures. In addition, our audit staff is experienced in the use of various accounting software systems, including Caselle Governmental Accounting Software. We also have several years of experience in assisting local governments to obtain the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

HintonBurdick is an active member of:

  • Government Audit Quality Center
  • Governmental Finance Officers Association
  • Arizona Governmental Finance Officers Association
  • Utah Governmental Finance Officers Association

Fund Approach

We utilize a unique “fund” approach to our local government audits which helps us focus on issues related to each fund rather than overall revenues or expenditures. During our new audit engagements, we frequently find that some departments and transactions have been overlooked by prior auditors. Thus, we make a point to continue this thorough approach from year to year which enhances the awareness of the audit requirements and encourages department heads to follow policies and procedures. As such, our clients receive added value from the audit.

Caselle Governmental Accounting Software

HintonBurdick provides finance director services and monthly full-service accounting work, including budgeting, general ledger, payroll, bank reconciliation, billing, cash receipts, and cash disbursement procedures, for local governments that utilize Caselle accounting software. This provides us with an in-depth knowledge of basic accounting procedures for local governments as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Caselle accounting system.

GFOA Certificate

We have experience in assisting local governments to obtain the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. All of the local governments we have assisted have received the GFOA Certificate.

One of our partners is a member of the Special Review Committee of the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program which provides him exposure to numerous local government financial statements and to a broad range of current public-sector practice. This provides an invaluable resource for improving the quality of financial reporting and a practical way to keep well informed of the most recent developments in authoritative standards affecting accounting and financial reporting for local governments.

Finance director services and monthly full-service accounting

HintonBurdick provides finance director services and monthly full-service accounting work, including budgeting, general ledger, payroll, bank reconciliation, billing, cash receipts and cash disbursement procedures for local governments. This provides us with an in-depth knowledge of basic accounting procedures for local governments as well as an in-depth knowledge of their accounting systems.

Educational services

Our standard outlook is to improve your organization’s ability to provide accurate and timely financial reports. Our goal is to help you understand your financial statements or the reason for certain procedures or entries, so you get more than just an audit. We will work with your staff to understand the audit adjustments and any findings and recommendations issued as a result of the audit. HintonBurdick has extensive experience with assisting and training local governments with their financial accounting and fiscal responsibilities. We also hold educational seminars every year that provide training to elected officials and accounting staff on accounting, internal control, and compliance issues.

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