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Dawson County Finance Department Receives Award

Interim County Manager Bill Tanner presents GFOA Award to the Dawson County Finance Department.

Pictured left to right: Interim County Manager Bill Tanner, Natalie Johnson, CFO Vickie Neikirk, Davida Simpson, Rachel Seal, Kim Smith, Tiffany Young, and Laurie Whalen.


July 11, 2016

Chicago -- The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Dawson County, Georgia has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to Dawson County Finance Department.

For budgets beginning in 2015, approximately 1,550 participants received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of approximately 18,700 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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