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County receives budget award

Crow Wing County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the second year in a row.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, given to Crow Wing County by the Government Finance Officers Association, was presented to the county board Tuesday. Chelsey Perkins/Brainerd Dispatch
The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, given to Crow Wing County by the Government Finance Officers Association, was presented to the county board Tuesday. Chelsey Perkins/Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the second year in a row.

The award represents a significant achievement by the county, a news release states. To receive the budget award, the county had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

"We are always mindful that the money we spend is the people's money," Paul Koering, county board chairman, noted in the release. "To get this kind of award for how well that money is being budgeted and reported ought to give all of us peace of mind that we have good finance people watching over the public's coffers."

The certificate of recognition for budget presentation was presented to the county board by Finance Director Jason Rausch and County Auditor-Treasurer Deborah Erickson at the Oct. 13 meeting.

Beginning in 2013, only 1,424 participants have received the award from GFOA. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout the country.

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Information on the county's budget and other financial data information is available to the public and can be found on the Crow Wing County website at www.crowwing.us under financial services.

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