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Chatham County wins coveted budget presentation award

Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2010-11 budget presentation, the first time it has received this award in 14 years. The award requires governmental entities to meet extensive nationally recognized requirements for budget presentations.

“Countless hours and hard work by our staff made this possible,” said County Manager Charlie Horne. “The requirements are extremely hard to meet, especially with a small staff. Assistant County Manager Renee Paschal manages our budget process and I especially want to recognize her leadership and commitment, but Sybil Tate also played a key role in this achievement.”

Paschal said, “Sybil did the lion’s share of the work so that we could meet the tough requirements. I appreciate all that she did, because I know that it required many extra hours.”

The award guidelines are designed to assess how well the presented budget serves as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operational guide
  • A communications tool

To win the GFOA award, the budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories. The GFOA presented the award certificate to the County Manager’s Office.

Chatham County’s Finance Office has won the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past 21 years for its comprehensive financial reporting, with the goal of promoting “transparency and full disclosure.”

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