Local Government Accounting

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Municipalities

Local governments often face significant obstacles. They must adhere to regulations; work with limited resources; and be able to provide accurate and timely financial information to government officials and private citizens.

Brown Edwards’ local government accounting team understands the budgetary constraints and regulatory environment in which municipalities operate. We have decades of experience conducting municipal audits, working with governmental staff, and resolving the challenges they seek to address.

Our professionals understand how to account for the multiple income sources and disbursement methods that local governments use, from taxes and grants to paychecks and fees. We prepare documents that provide transparency for members of the public, adhere to GAAP, limit risk, and impose accounting controls.

Brown Edwards’ experience allows us to give ongoing assistance beyond the numbers. We develop strong relationships with our municipality clients, interacting with their managers throughout the year. The trust we develop, the results we provide, and the confidence we instill are all reasons that municipalities choose Brown Edwards for local government accounting.

Our services to municipalities include:

  • Financial Audits
  • Compliance Audits
  • Outsourced Internal Audit Functions
  • Operations Audits and Strategic Planning
  • School Construction Project Audits
  • Official Statement-Bond Offering Reviews
  • Assistance with Submission to GFOA Certificate Program
  • Technology Consulting
  • Assistance with the Design, Installation and Testing of Internal Controls
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Agreed upon Procedures

Find out more about our services in local government accounting. Contact our municipalities accounting team

Practice Leaders

  • Christopher A. Banta, CPA
    Christopher A. Banta, CPA
    Partner
Christopher A. Banta, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
cbanta@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Chris is an audit partner based in the Roanoke office. He provides audit services to a wide range of entities including privately owned businesses, municipalities, governmental entities, non-profits, HUD entities, national fraternities, and electric cooperatives. He specializes and coordinates the compliance auditing aspect of the annual audits of municipal and governmental clients including APA compliance and transmittal form preparation, Single Audit compliance, RUS compliance, FAA compliance, and NTD reporting compliance. Chris is also a member of the firm’s peer review services team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms around the country. In addition, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner, providing internal control reviews, fraud examinations, forensic accounting services, and litigation support services.

Chris graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 2000.

Chris is actively committed to serving the community through current or past memberships on various community committees or boards including:

• Served in various roles, including President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Grandin Theater   Foundation (2008 – 2014)
• Treasurer of the Virginia Museum of Transportation (2014 – Present)
• Finance Committee member of the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia (2014 – Present)
• Kiwanis Club of Roanoke member and Chairman of the Kiwanis Career and Technical Education Scholarship Program (2012-Present)

He is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Chris has also previously been named a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business magazine.

Team Members

  • John S. Aldridge, CPA
    John S. Aldridge, CPA
    Partner
  • Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Norman D. Yoder, CPA
    Partner
  • Susan H. Chapman, CPA
    Susan H. Chapman, CPA
    Director
  • Megan Argenbright, CPA
    Megan Argenbright, CPA
    Director
  • Matt Heatwole, CPA
    Matt Heatwole, CPA
    Director
  • Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Jason A. Hartman, CPA
    Partner
John S. Aldridge, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jaldridge@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

John is an audit partner based in our Roanoke office.  John’s concentration is related to municipalities and HUD entities; he has extensive experience performing organizational reviews as they relate to internal controls and operations.  He is also a member of our peer review services team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms around the country.

He is a 1993 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  John is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition, he serves as treasurer for the Better Business Bureau.  John was recently named a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business magazine..

Norman D. Yoder, CPA
Partner
Norman Yoder, CPA
(434) 948-9000    
nyoder@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA 24501-1121

Norman Yoder is an assurance partner in the Lynchburg office. Norman graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 1999. He graduated as the valedictorian of JMU’s College of Business, and received various awards for academic success. Norman began his career in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he worked with a regional firm for six years following his graduation. He joined the Lynchburg office of Brown Edwards in 2005.

Norman’s areas of expertise include:

  • Local governments and related entities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and wholesale distributors
  • CCRC and health care organizations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Closely-held businesses
  • Registered investment advisors
  • US public companies subject to PCAOB standards

In addition to working with his own clients, Norman consults on technical audit and accounting issues on other engagements throughout the firm, and assists the firm’s peer review team with engagements where he has specific expertise. Norman is a member of the firm’s accounting and auditing committee, and has been recognized as a “Super CPA” in the Virginia Business magazine several times. Norman currently serves as the area coordinator for the Lynchburg office.

Susan H. Chapman, CPA
Director
(434) 948-9000    
schapman@becpas.com
2102 Langhorne Road, Ste 200 • Lynchburg, VA, 24501-1121

Susan is an audit director based in the Lynchburg office. She provides audit and assurance services to municipalities, governmental entities, privately owned businesses, manufacturers, and non-profits. Susan focuses much of her time on municipal and governmental entity auditing, specializing in compliance auditing for governmental and non-profit entities, including Auditor of Public Accounts of the Commonwealth of Virginia audit and reporting requirements and Single Audit Act requirements.

Susan graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2000 and a Master’s of Business Administration in 2002.

Susan completed Leadership Lynchburg, a nine-month program focusing on community and professional leadership and growth, in May 2010, and currently serves as a member of the board for the program.

Susan is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, where she is currently a member of the Standard Setting Committee.

Megan Argenbright, CPA
Director
(540) 434-6736
margenbright@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Megan is an audit director based in the Harrisonburg office. She provides audit services to a wide range of entities including municipalities, governmental entities, non-profits, and healthcare entities. She performs compliance services for governmental entities including APA compliance and Single Audit compliance.

A 2006 cum laude graduate of James Madison University, Megan has a B.B.A. Degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree. Megan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association. She is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional through Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Megan is actively committed to serving the community through her current Explore More Discovery Museum board membership and prior board service to the Staunton-Augusta Association of Young Professionals. She has completed the Community Leadership Program and BOLD program through the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

Matt Heatwole, CPA
Director
(540) 434-6736
mheatwole@becpas.com
124 Newman Ave • Harrisonburg, VA, 22801-4004

Matt is a director based in the Harrisonburg office and serves a variety of clients specializing in audits and other assurance services for municipalities, construction entities, cooperatives, and not-for-profits including foundations.  His expertise in municipalities consists of GASB, APA and Single Audit compliance and comprehensive annual financial reports. He also assists a variety of small businesses and individuals with tax compliance.

He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Information Systems and also received a Master of Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech in 2004.  Matt is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and Maryland.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Government Officers Association.

Matt is a graduate of Community Leadership Program and Building Optimal Leaders by Design Program provided by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as the treasurer for the Shenandoah Valley Builder’s Association and The Mercy House.

Jason A. Hartman, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jhartman@becpas.com
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

Jason is a partner in the auditing and accounting area of the firm.  He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in North Carolina and has over twenty five years experience in public accounting.  Before joining Brown Edwards in 1986, Jason was associated with an international accounting firm.  He is a member of our peer review services team, providing quality reviews to regional public accounting firms around the country.  He has significant experience with a wide range of industries including local governments, nonprofits, credit unions, and manufacturing.

Jason graduated magna cum laude from Glenville State College in West Virginia with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance.  In 1985, he received the Master of Science in Accounting degree from James Madison University where he served as a graduate assistant in the School of Accountancy.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association.  In addition, he serves as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of the Roanoke Valley and is a past board member and treasurer of the Roanoke Civitan Club.  Jason has been recognized as a “Super CPA” in the Government and Nonprofits area of practice in Virginia Business magazine several times.

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