Chester­field re­ceives na­tional recog­ni­tion on bud­get­ing

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

CHESTER­FIELD — Chester­field County has re­cently been hon­ored by the Govern­ment Fi­nance Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion with the Dis­tin­guished Bud­get Pre­sen­ta­tion award for the county’s bud­get. This is the 33rd con­sec­u­tive time the county has won this award.

The Dis­tin­guished Bud­get Pre­sen­ta­tion Award, which was pre­sented to the county’s Bud­get and Man­age­ment Depart­ment, re­flects the com­mit­ment of the county’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors and county staff to meet­ing the high­est principles of gov­ern­men­tal bud­get­ing.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of our team for this huge ac­com­plish­ment,” said Meghan Coates, di­rec­tor of the bud­get and man­age­ment depart­ment. “Each year, our staff makes im­prove­ments to our bud­get doc­u­ment to make it a more mean­ing­ful tool for the com­mu­nity. This year, we were very ex­cited to in­clude a new sec­tion, All About the Base, which takes a deep dive into some of our larger de­part­ments to clearly de­lin­eate how they uti­lize the re­sources they are given and how those pro­grams im­pact our res­i­dents.”

To re­ceive the award, the county’s bud­get had to sat­isfy na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized guide­lines for ef­fec­tive bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion, in­clud­ing how well the county’s bud­get serves as a pol­icy doc­u­ment, a fi­nan­cial plan, an op­er­a­tions guide and a com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice.

Chester­field County car­ries an AAA bond rat­ing from each of the na­tion’s top three rat­ing agen­cies, in­clud­ing Stan­dard & Poor’s, Moody’s In­vestor Ser­vices and Fitch Rat­ings.

Have a ques­tion about the county’s bud­get or the bud­get process? Stay en­gaged through­out the year by vis­it­ing blue­print.chester­field. gov or send your ques­tions and com­ments to blue­[email protected]­ Staff is also happy to speak to your group about the bud­get by mak­ing a re­quest through the county’s Speak­ers Bureau.

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