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Government Accounting & Audit Services

Local governments, agencies and authorities face ever-increasing challenges. Not only must they serve the public by assuring that their tax dollars are well spent, they must also manage the intricacies of a complex regulatory environment, where change is the only constant. BatesCarter’s specialized governmental practice, led by Beth Grimes, CPA, helps clients in the public sector better manage their programs, protect their assets and plan for the future.


"You must meet the evolving needs of your citizens. BatesCarter can help you respond."


Our dedicated government accounting practice provides Advisory Services as well as Audit and Assurance. From full-scale annual financial and compliance audits to financial planning and forecasting, our passion is to become a partner in helping you reach your goals and promote progress. Learn more about how we can help your team. 


Government Audits:

  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting (CAFR)
  • Compliance Audits including Federal and State
  • Utility Rate Studies


Public Sector Assurance and Performance:

  • Agreed-Upon Procedure Engagements
  • Bond Issues
  • Capital Asset Accounting
  • Debt Covenant Letters
  • Evaluation of Corrective Action Plans (CAPs)
  • Forensic Audits
  • Grant Consulting
  • Internal Control Design & Implementation
  • Internal Control Risk Assessment
  • Landfill Financial Assurance
  • Other Special Attestation
  • Pension Plan Audits
  • SPLOST Audit Services and Performance Audits
  • Staff Education & Training


Relevant Experience

BatesCarter serves many government entities in Georgia, including:

  • Cities & Counties
  • Education Boards
  • Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Operations
  • Water and Sewer Authorities
  • Industrial and Development Authorities
  • State Government Agencies
  • Public Library Systems


Our government team is specially trained in public sector accounting and committed to staying knowledgeable on the latest requirements and opportunities. As members of the American Institute of CPAs Governmental Audit Quality Center since its inception, we make active use of the tools, training and technical assistance the center provides. We are also members of the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and are actively involved to stay ahead of the latest changes in Georgia.


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Government agencies have been relying on BatesCarter for financial and advisory services for over 50 years. With a long history of partnering with local and state organizations and a commitment to forward thinking solutions we’re able to help agencies reach their full potential for impact. We consider ourselves partners with our clients — integral members of the team. We go the extra mile, furthering your goals and promoting your progress - always. Contact us today to learn more about our government accounting services.

Meet: Beth Grimes 

Professional Accountant Serving Governmental Entities

Beth GrimesBeth Grimes has over 17 years of public accounting experience and serves as the firm’s Governmental Team Leader. She is committed to continuous learning and customer focused initiatives.  She has taught courses for the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Beth has provided instruction and training for BatesCarter and its clients on various topics. Committed to continuous learning and customer-focused initiatives, she developed an online reference guide to assist counties and cities with the implementation of GASB 34, an area in which she has in-depth knowledge.

View the full profile of Beth Grimes.

View our Governmental Services Informational Handout.