The Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) for the third year in a row. The certificate was awarded by the Government Finance Officer of the United States, a nonprofit professional association that serves nearly 18,000 government finance professions throughout North America.

"I am always happy to receive such a prestigious award and I will always be in favor of transparency of government and will always be respectful of our taxpayers hard earned dollars," said Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley.

Smiley added that his office is only one of two assessors offices in the state to have ever received the CAFR certification. The office has also received the Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award, which has not been won by any other assessor in Louisiana.