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Summer 2015

A Message from the Clerk
 

Dear Nassau County Citizens:
I am pleased to announce the publication of a quarterly e-Newsletter that will allow me to reach out to the community as part of our office’s commitment to open, accountable and fiscally responsible County government. In addition to the information found on our website at www.nassauclerk.com , the quarterly e-Newsletter will provide useful information about your Clerk’s office.
 
Please subscribe to the quarterly publication above, or by clicking here.  We also welcome your ideas and suggestions.  Email us at newsletter@nassauclerk.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

I hope you enjoy the e-Newsletter and always remember “Preserving and Protecting the Public Trust is Our Greatest Responsibility”
 
Sincerely,
John A. Crawford
 
Checks & Balances:
Your Guide to County Finances
 

Dear Citizens,

As part of our office commitment to open, accountable and fiscally responsible county government, I am pleased to present the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for Nassau County, Florida for the fiscal year ended 09/30/2014. The information contained in this report is derived from broader and more detailed data contained in the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which includes financial statements audited by Purvis, Gray and Company, LLP.

The financial information presented here is in a condensed and simplified form and is not meant to be a substitute for the County’s CAFR, which provides details on the county’s financial position and financial changes during the fiscal year in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  The financial information within this report includes not only the County itself, but also the following legally separate component units: Nassau County Housing Finance Authority and Recreation and Water Conservation and Control District No. 1.
 
Additional resources contained in this report include local statistics such as historical population and unemployment numbers as well as a directory of all elected officials and departments of your county government.  I am pleased to report that Nassau County has received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for the CAFR for seven consecutive years. The county also received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for each of its first three PAFRs, covering the fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
 
Both the PAFR and the CAFR are available online at www.nassauclerk.com. Hard copies of the PAFR are available at the Nassau County libraries or upon request at the Nassau County Clerk of Courts at the Historic Courthouse in Fernandina Beach or the Judicial Annex in Yulee. You may also call my office at (904) 548-4600 to share your comments, questions or concerns. I hope that this information will help you more fully understand your government’s finances.

John A. Crawford
Clerk of the Circuit Court
 
The Clerk of the Circuit Court
Your Public Trustee
 
I am often asked what my duties are as a County Auditor in relation to the Board of County Commissioners and my constituency.  As the Chief Financial Officer, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is the custodian of all county funds and is responsible for the collection, safe depositing, investing, expenditure and distribution of these funds in accordance with law and administrative regulation.  As an independently elected official, the Clerk’s office audits each requested Board payment to ensure all tax dollars are used for a public purpose. The Finance Department carefully reviews each one of the expenditures prior to payment to verify the legality of those payments. The determination of legality of expenditures includes, but is not limited to:
  1. whether the expenditure is for an authorized public purpose.
  2.  whether budgetary requirements are met.
  3.  whether the expenditure complies with contractual terms.
  4.  whether the expenditure complies with accounting standards.
  5.  whether the expenditure is accurate and properly reflects the transaction that necessitated the expenditure.
Also, the Clerk’s Finance Department provides accounting and financial reporting services for the Board of County Commissioners and the Office of the Clerk.  The department’s duties include:  processing payroll, disbursing payments on contracts and purchases made, investing county funds, and overseeing the preparation and presentation of the Annual Financial Report of Nassau County, the Financial Statements of the Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk of the Circuit Court and various other state reports.

These duties are vested in the Clerk by the State Constitution and implemented and expanded by numerous state statutes, regulations, county ordinances and judicial orders. Also, as the watchdog of county funds the Clerk is personally liable for the legitimacy and accuracy of your county’s expenditures. In the citizens’ interest the independently elected Clerk seeks to maximize the value of each tax dollar by providing a necessary check and balance on the county’s budget, revenue and spending. As always, preserving and protecting the public trust is our greatest responsibility.
 
Clerk Office Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
in Financial Reporting


 

Yulee, FL – December 12, 2014 - As part of our office’s commitment to open, accountable and fiscally responsible county government, I am pleased to announce that the Nassau County Clerk & Comptroller’s office, once again has earned the prestigious national award for “Outstanding Achievement in Financial Reporting” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2013 version of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The Clerk’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report includes all County financial information, such as assets, revenues, expenses, and tax collections.  The Popular Annual Financial Report is a practical guide to county finances and a great resource for our citizens to see at a glance how their taxes are calculated, collected and spent. I realize that the dollars we spend are your dollars, and we need to be ever diligent to make sure that every dollar we spend is necessary and efficiently used. I am proud of our excellent performance and, I am very fortunate to have a great team of employees that work proactively to protect your best interests. Both the PAFR and the CAFR are available online at www.nassauclerk.com. Hard copies of the PAFR are available at the Nassau County libraries or upon request at the Nassau County Clerk of Courts at the Historic Courthouse in Fernandina Beach or at the Robert M. Foster Justice Center in Yulee. You may also contact our office at (904) 548-4600 to share your comments, questions or concerns. I hope that this information will help you to fully understand your government’s finances.  We believe the more you know about us, the more you appreciate the value you get in our office. We encourage your review and inspection of our records.
 
John A. Crawford
Clerk of the Circuit Court
  
NASSAU COUNTY BEACH DRIVING PERMITS are issued pursuant to Nassau County Ordinances 2002-41 and 2002-31 and Resolution 2002-106.
 
Q:     Do I need to obtain a beach driving permit? If so, what is the process?
 
A:     Out-of-County residents shall obtain a permit to drive or park on the beach. No permit is required if you are a Nassau County resident.  Additionally, a disabled person may display their disabled person’s parking permit placard issued by the Tax Collector’s office in lieu of a beach driving permit; or if you are a senior citizen age sixty five (65) or older you may obtain a beach driving permit at no charge from the Office of the Clerk upon showing proof of age.
 
    Out-of-County applicants will need to bring their driver’s license and know the type of vehicle and tag number in order to obtain a beach driving permit. The cost is $5.00 for a daily permit or $25.00 for an annual permit which is valid for the fiscal year: October 1st through September 30th.
 
    Individuals may contact the County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 904-548-4689 in order to ascertain the permitted beach driving access locations or request a copy of the county ordinances referenced above through the Clerk’s offices. Please note that beach driving permits are not transferable; each vehicle will require a separate permit.
 
Beach driving permits are available at the following locations:
 
Judicial Annex
904-548-4660
76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32097
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cash or check only please
 
Historic Courthouse
904-491-6430
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cash or check payments accepted
 
AIA Express Discount
904-310-6163
3331 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday thru Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Only cash payments accepted
 
Flash Foods
904-261-3113
5518 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation:
Open 24 hours
Cash, Credit/ Debit Cards accepted
 
  • Please make checks payable to Nassau County Clerk of Courts.
 
If you have any questions or comments about this column, please contact: Connie Arthur at 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee, FL 32097 or (904) 548-4663.


John A. Crawford
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Nassau County, FL

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