Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE has been recognized by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) with the 2016 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the local level. The award was presented Aug. 8 during the Institute's 32nd Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in Washington, D.C.

The AICPA praised Scalise for streamlining appraisal and tax collection processes and significantly increasing collection of delinquent property taxes to provide more money for the use of local communities.

"I am more than honored to receive this award from the AICPA," said Scalise, who has served as Summit County Fiscal Officer since May 2011. "It is my priority to provide the best service to our residents and property owners. Over the past five years, I am proud that my office has been able to reduce spending and increase delinquent tax collection by offering innovative payment programs, streamlining our appraisal processes and investing in advanced technology."