The financial statements and supplemental schedules included in each report has been audited by a independent, certified public accounting firm and that firm’s unqualified opinion is included in the Financial Section of each report.
The report itself, however, is presented by the County, which is responsible for the accuracy of the data and for the completeness and fairness of its presentation including all disclosures. The county believes the data presented is accurate in all material respects; that it is presented in a manner designed to set forth fairly the financial position and results of operations of the County as measured by the financial activity of its various funds; and that all disclosures necessary to enable the reader to gain the maximum understanding of the County’s financial affairs have been included.
Each report consists of management’s representations concerning the finances of Currituck County. To provide a reasonable basis for making these representations, management of Currituck County has established a comprehensive internal control framework that is designed both to protect the government’s assets from loss, theft, or misuse and to compile sufficient reliable information for the preparation of Currituck County’s financial statements in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Because the cost of internal controls should not outweigh their benefits, Currituck County’s comprehensive framework of internal controls has been designed to provide reasonable rather than absolute assurance that the financial statements will be free from material misstatement. As management, they assert that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, each financial report is complete and reliable in all material respects.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) require that management provide a narrative introduction, overview, and analysis to accompany the basic financial statements in the form of Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A).