Chas. County Fiscal Services Budget Div. Earns Gov. Finance Award for 11th Year

LA PLATA, Md. - The Charles County Commissioners announced today that the Fiscal Services' Budget Division has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Fiscal Year 2007 from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This is the 11th consecutive year the Budget Division has received this prestigious recognition for government budgeting.

Acting Director of Fiscal Services David Eicholtz and Acting Director of Budget Jenifer Ellin, who were responsible for creation of the budget document, will receive a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation.

"We are extremely proud of our Budget Division's achievement, which reflects the staff’s continuing commitment to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting," wrote the County Commissioners in a statement released today.

In order to receive the award, the document had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines assess how well a budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories to receive the award.

For budgets including fiscal periods 2004, 1,027 entities received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program, instituted in 1984, is the only national awards program in government budgeting.

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