Greater Tulsa Reporter
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Tulsa County, has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
This is the highest form of recognition granted by this organization. The award represents a significant achievement by the county. lt 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 the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to Tom R. Gerard, Chief Financial Officer, Tulsa County Fiscal Office.
“I say to our staff, ‘Job well done,’” said County Commission Chairman Ron Peters. “Also, all of the elected officials of Tulsa County have put a lot of time and effort into our budget process each year, and I’m glad we produce a budget that is recognized as among the best in America.”
The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top-quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.