Beaufort and its finance department have received a certificate for excellence in financial reporting from a national nonprofit association.
The certificate, from the Government Finance Officers Association, is the highest recognition in government accounting and reporting, according to a city news release.
"This is a high honor for our entire finance department," city manager Scott Dadson said in the release. "We are also very proud that we've won this award four straight years, including three where we've all been in a very tough financial position with the recession."
A panel reviewed Beaufort's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report and found it demonstrated a "spirit of full disclosure," according to the release.
The report is on the city's website at www.cityofbeaufort.org under the finance department section.