Laws of the State of North Carolina, along with policies and procedures of the North Carolina Local Government Commission, require that all local governments in the State publish a complete set of financial statements annually. The financial statements must be presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States of America and audited in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America by a firm of licensed certified public accountants.
These reports consists of management’s representations concerning the finances of the County. Consequently, management assumes full responsibility for the completeness and reliability of the information contained in these reports. To provide a reasonable basis for making these representations, County management has established a comprehensive framework of internal control that is designed to both protect the government’s assets from loss, theft or misuse and to compile sufficient reliable information for the preparation of the County’s financial statements in conformity with GAAP. Because the cost of internal controls should not exceed anticipated benefits, the objective is to provide reasonable, rather than absolute, assurance that the financial statements are free of material misstatements. As management, we assert that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, these financial reports are complete and reliable in all material respects.