• County earns 27th Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

    Award is highest professional recognition in governmental budgeting


    SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County recently earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

    The award, which is the highest professional recognition in governmental budgeting, was presented to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) staff during Wednesday’s county commission meeting. 


    “Our budget process provides the foundation to continually ensure sound fiscal stewardship and transparency,” said County Administrator Tom Harmer. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and ongoing commitment to a comprehensive document that meets the highest standards. I also want to recognize the OFM team for its commitment to ongoing improvement.”

    National recognition is based on how well a budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communication device. It is rated based on 27 specific criteria. In addition, Sarasota County also earned Special Capital Recognition for the second consecutive year, based on all three reviewers giving the capital expenditures and impact of capital investments on the operating budget criterion outstanding ratings. 

    “Our budgeting enables success as an organization by providing sound financial guidance and the development of a budget document that has consistently been recognized by the GFOA,” said OFM Director Kim Radtke. “Its an honor to work with dedicated professionals, who serve the community each and every day.” 


    The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.


    To learn more about the budget process for Sarasota County Government, visit www.scgov.net/Finance or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.


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