Sugar Hill, GA – December 28, 2023 – The Sugar Hill Mayor and City Council held a called meeting on Thursday, December 28th, to approve the city’s FY2022 audit. The city’s independent auditing firm – Walker, Pierce & Tuck, CPA – performed the audit. Mayor Brandon Hembree stated “The audit is legally required to be done annually. Cities that are not compliant with the law are not eligible for State of Georgia LMIG grants for road paving or any other state funding assistance.”
The city council voted unanimously to accept the audit and authorized its submission to the Georgia Department of Audits for review. The 2022 audit is the ninth consecutive year the city has received an “unqualified” audit, which means the audit was issued without qualification and free of any encumbrances.
“As mayor and council, we take our fiduciary responsibility seriously and this is reflected in the city’s ongoing commitment to delivering a wide variety of essential and quality-of-life services and programming to our 28,000 Sugar Hill residents,” said Mayor Hembree. “I am proud of the phenomenal job our managers and staff do to manage the resources entrusted to them. We have in place strong financial policies that ensure all funds expended are well-documented, with checks and balances to ensure a clear and unencumbered audit trail,” said City Manager, Paul Radford.
“While the city has received similar commendable audit reports for nine consecutive years, we continue to strive for transparency with annual audits,” said city council member Taylor Anderson. “The introduction of ClearGov, a proprietary financial transparency platform which we plan to launch in FY2024, will give residents the ability to interactively view public funds, its distribution, and ultimate use. As a council member, I am excited for this next chapter of fiscal excellence.”
Copies of the FY2022 Audit Report and previous audit reports are available for review on the city’s website. The city also transmits the audits to the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and various municipal bond rating and management entities.
About Sugar Hill
Incorporated in 1939, the City of Sugar Hill is a northern suburb of metro Atlanta and the fourth largest city in Gwinnett County with a population nearing 28,000 residents. Sugar Hill is a thriving live, work, play community where residents and visitors enjoy “The Sweet Life.”
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