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Posted on: August 24, 2021


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We are proud (but not at all surprised) to announce our Office has earned its 10th consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Professionals Association.
Judges congratulated the Budget team for outstanding presentation, clarity, thoroughness, descriptions, and understandability. Judges cited, in particular, effective use of charts and graphs throughout the document to convey information.
From GFOA:

"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 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

"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. This has been presented to Office of Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller."

More than 1,700 agencies participate in the annual Budget Awards Program, the best of these "pioneer[ing] efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provid[ing] an excellent example for other governments throughout North America."

Included in the judges' remarks:
"Commend the staff for an excellent document."
"Budget looks good and is easy to follow. A nice job!"
"Staff is to be commended for their efforts."
We agree completely, and are delighted to heap praise on then-Budget & Purchasing Director Chris Mettler (who shepherded one last budget through the exacting process before passing the torch to Dan Klein) and Purchasing Specialist Charles de Haan. Working in close partnership with each Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller department, this small, remarkable team once again published a budget document worthy of high praise.

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