Photo: Front Row: Crystal McGhin, Rachel Bowen, Stephanie Black, Back Row: Brandy Andruschkevich, Amy Woods, Lorraine Taylor, Crystal Singletary
The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners was presented with the national budget award for the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
For the 16 consecutive years, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
- a policy document
- a financial plan
- an operations guide
- a communications device
Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
“Our team especially the finance department works extremely hard each year to assemble a budget document of the highest quality, with the goal of making it as informative as possible, yet easily understood by the average citizen,” said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Manager. “We want citizens to clearly see the vast array of important services their County government provides and how their tax dollars are being spent.”
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award.
“We are delighted to receive this award,” said Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Slaughter. “The Commission and our staff are committed to best practices in governmental budgeting and transparency.”
There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance byproviding best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500members and the communities they serve.
For more information visit www.lowndescounty.com.