State and Local Government

A Business Advisor for State & Local Governments

Brown Edwards has the expertise to help manage your professional, operational, and technical challenges. Our dedicated team currently serves over 150 state and local governmental units across the Mid-Atlantic. This includes large and small entities currently ranging from revenues of $10,000 to $2 billion. We tailor our approach to your organization’s specific needs, enabling us to help improve operations while maintaining compliance and financial controls.

Government Entities We Serve

State & Local Government

Municipalities

Towns

Counties/Cities

Special-Purpose

Community Service Boards

Agencies & Authorities

Housing Authorities

Economic Development

State Agencies & Depts.

Jail Authorities

Regional Cooperative Authorities

Educational Districts

School Districts

School Activity Funds

Transportation
& Utilities

Airports

Public Transit

Local Utility Co-ops

Water/Sewage Utilities

Our Commitment to the Government and Public Sector

Experience Matters

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Government Entities Served

We specialize in state and local government entities and have more than 40 years of experience providing counsel to more than 150 entities. 

Our team members serve as exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers at industry associations, such as AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the Virginia Association of School Business Officials (VASBO), and the Government Finance Officers Association including representing the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.

Our Government Services group is comprised of government auditors and experienced consultants. We routinely bring in practitioners from around the firm who specialize in areas such as construction, employee benefit plan services, healthcare, real estate, and telecommunications.

Our team stays on top of changes in the industry through participation in the following organizations: 

The staff at Brown Edwards has served as much more than auditors. They have become a partner with the City of Winchester. They continually give us the guidance and expertise we need to navigate through new mandates and they offer solutions that fit our needs as a small government. The audits are consistently thorough and their focus is on customer services; their staff is always available to us throughout the year if we need assistance.
Mary Blowe
Finance Director, City of Winchester, VA

Services for State & Local Governments

Audit

Audit Services

  • Financial statement audits
  • Federal Single Audits
  • State compliance audits
  • Outsourced internal audit services

Pre-Audit Consulting Services

Pre-Audit Services

  • Cash to accrual adjustments
  • Financial statement preparation
  • Capital asset assistance
  • Lease and SBITA accounting assistance
  • Debt accounting assistance
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Consulting, Outsourced Accounting, and Advisory

These services include:

  • Internal control evaluation and design
  • Bookkeeping services
  • Bank reconciliation services
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IT Consulting

IT Consulting Services

  • System evaluation and design
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Peer Review and Quality Control Assistance

These services include:

  • Peer review of federal, state, and local governmental audits
  • Peer review of HUD audits
  • Internal inspection assistance
  • Outsourced quality control reviews

Historic Tax Credits

These services include:

  • Audits
  • Agreed Upon Procedures
  • Consulting
  • Tax compliance and returns

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State & Local Government Forum

Government finance and accounting professionals attend our annual hybrid event on new accounting and reporting requirements as well as other relevant topics that impact operations.

Contact our State and Local Government Team

Chris Banta, CPA, CFE

Partner, Governmental Practice Leader

Chris serves as the leader of the firm's State and Local Governmental Practice serving clients in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.  Chris has been with the firm for over 21 years and is also a certified fraud examiner, providing litigation support, as well as fraud investigations and internal control evaluations.  Chris also serves various other industries including beverage and other distributors, national fraternities, electric cooperatives, healthcare facilities, HUD properties, and other nonprofits. In addition, Chris serves as one of four Team Captains in the firm's peer review practice.

Billy R. Robinson, CPA, CCIFP

Partner

Billy R. Robinson, CPA, CCIFP

Partner

John S. Aldridge, CPA

Partner

John S. Aldridge, CPA

Partner

Leslie F Roberts, CPA

Partner

Leslie F Roberts, CPA

Partner

Matt Heatwole, CPA

Partner

Matt Heatwole, CPA

Partner

Megan Argenbright, MSA, CPA

Partner

Megan Argenbright, MSA, CPA

Partner

Norman D. Yoder, CPA

Partner

Norman D. Yoder, CPA

Partner

Robert “Rob” E. Adams, CPA, CGMA

Partner

Robert “Rob” E. Adams, CPA, CGMA

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Brown Edwards Assists Local Government Boards With Evaluation Of Financial Impact Of Solar Farms

Scenario

As solar farms and the use of solar energy gain popularity, the impacts of these farms on the future finances of local governments remains a mystery.  Multiple rural localities within Virginia have been evaluating the impacts of these farms on their state educational funding.  While there are tax benefits to the companies that own and operate the solar farms, what does this mean for state educational funding that is heavily reliant on the property tax valuations within the locality?

BROWN EDWARDS SOLUTION AND GUIDANCE

Virginia’s educational funding, allocated to local school systems, is based on a number factors including taxable retail sales, adjusted gross income, and real estate valuations.  Changes in any one of these factors impacts the Local Composite Index, or “LCI”, of the locality, which is used to allocate available educational funding.  An increase in any one factor drives the LCI up for the locality, which, in theory, indicates the locality should be able to generate additional local revenues for education.  This in turn proportionately decreases the allocation of state educational funding.    The local boards in question were faced with the following question, “If our LCI increases because of a valuable solar farm in our locality, what is the estimated decrease in our state educational funding, and how does that compare to the incremental increase of property tax revenues since state code significantly limits real estate taxes on solar farms?”

Brown Edwards was engaged to help with this project. Using a deep understanding of the very complex basis for the LCI calculation, we were able to provide the Boards with a very concise and real world analysis consisting of projections including:

  • Recalculations of the LCI using various real estate valuation estimates.
  • Projections of state educational revenue increases.
  • Projections of local property tax revenue increases.

Presenting these results both through external consultants or directly to the governing body, and in some cases, citizens in attendance, provided the information necessary for the boards to understand one very important aspect of these projects that can involve investments of hundreds of millions of dollars in solar farm facilities.

RESULTS

After multiple months of deliberations, citizen commentary, and consultation based on projections of estimated net revenue increases, the local Boards decided to proceed with these projects.

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