The mayor's office and finance department in Meigs County have been recognized for a clean audit by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office. To honor the achievement, state Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) …
The mayor's office and finance department in Meigs County have been recognized for a clean audit by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.
To honor the achievement, state Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) presented a state certificate to Meigs County Mayor Bill James recently at the Meigs County Courthouse.
Howell represents the 22nd Legislative District in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The district includes Meigs and Polk counties, and part of Bradley County.
"This is a significant acheivement and Meigs County residents should be pleased with the way their elected leaders are taking care of their tax dollars" Howell said.
State Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville), who also represents Meigs County, noted that "a clean audit indicates that county leaders and elected officials have committed to strong internal controls and accountability."
Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson commended the two state lawmakers for supporting the General Assembly's strong operational environment for local governments.
"It's one reason why the S&P global rating has named Tennessee as one of just three states with an overall rating of 'very strong' on its institutional framework for local governments," Wilson said. "I believe our policy decisions are having a significant impact on improving audit results across the state."
Howell serves as chairman of the House Transporation Committee. He is also a member of the Judiciary and Government Operations committees.
In the state Senate, Bell represents the 9th Senatorial District. It includes Meigs, Polk, McMinn and Monroe counties, and part of Bradley County. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is also a member of the Senate Government Operations and Senate Education committees.
Bell offered his praised for the achievement by the Meigs County mayor's office and the jurisdiction's finance leaders.
"Anytime a city or county government earns this kind of distinction, it's a great tribute to the work of local leaders who are remaining accountable for the constituencies of their respective governments, and responsible for assuring that local government is run properly for the people and by the people," Bell stressed. "I'm very proud to represent the people of Meigs County in my senatorial district."
Howell echoed Bell's sentiments, while pointing to his support for the citizenry of Meigs and Polk counties, as well as his portion of Bradley County.
"It's always a thrill to be able to recognize local governments for doing good work, and doing it the right way," Howell said. "It seems as if we hear so much bad news about government, so it's always refreshing to be a part of something that is truly good."
"It's always a thrill to be able to recognize local governments for doing good work, and doing it the right way. It seems as if we hear so much bad news about government, so it's always refreshing to be a part of something that is truly good." — State Rep. Dan Howell
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