Pierce County budget wins national award

Pierce County Budget and Finance has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association in Chicago.

The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by Budget and Finance Department Director Patrick Kenney, Budget Manager Mary Schmidtke and their coworkers.

“It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said Stephen J. Gauthier, GFOA spokesman.

In order to receive the budget award, Pierce County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.

The guidelines are designed to assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

GFOA award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and serve as examples for other governmental organizations.