2013-10-11 / In the Know

State salutes town’s recent achievements

By Carrie Noyes Special contributor

The town of Scarborough received a $40,783 dividend from the Maine Municipal Association as a result of the town’s good loss experience and loss prevention programs.

More than half of the money received in the dividend was a result of fewer workers’ compensation claims.

Good management practices, sound loss prevention measures, and active town safety committees have contributed to the reduction in claims. The town safety committees support the town in providing a safe working environment and encouraging all employees to have a safety-first attitude in their duties.

The safety committees are an important facet of the total safety process and are comprised of representatives from various departments within town hall, public works and public safety. The committees collaborate on safety initiatives as well as training and education programs.

The Maine Municipal Association offers three selffunded pools for municipal and quasi-public entities in Maine: the Workers Compensation Fund, the Property and Casualty Pool and the Unemployment Compensation Fund.

The programs are overseen by governing boards of elected and appointed municipal officials. Each year the board reviews the programs’ loss experience to determine if dividends may be paid.

Patricia Kablitz, director of Risk Management Services for MMA, said more than 78 percent of program participants received a dividend this year for their good risk management practices and loss experience.

The town of Scarborough has also been awarded the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Ruth D. Porter, finance director, for her preparation of the award-winning CAFR.

Porter has worked for the town for more than 33 years. As finance director she is responsible for the overall management of the financial operations of the town and is involved in planning, organizing and controlling the town’s financial resources.

Her day-to-day work involves managing the accounting and auditing functions of town and school finances; revenue collection, disbursement, capital borrowing, designing and implementing financial policies, investing, cash management, conducting internal audits and preparing and administering budgets.

Porter’s CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

This is a great accomplishment for Porter and for the town. Her continued efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting sets an example for local government.

Congratulations to all town employees for their exceptional work and outstanding results. Keep up the good work.

Carrie Noyes is human resource assistant for Scarborough.

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