budget-award_2015-300x187The County of San Luis Obispo was once again nationally recognized for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

The County recently received its fourth consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Budget. A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was awarded to the County Administrative Office, which is responsible for developing the County’s budget each year.

“We deliver a high-quality, understandable budget, which anyone can reference at any time,” said County Principal Administrative Analyst Emily Jackson. “The budget is probably one of the single most important documents we produce as a County. It tells you what we plan on doing in the coming year, how we’re paying for it and why.”

The development of the County’s budget is a complicated process that is guided by statute and requires input from departments, the community, elected officials and stakeholders, as well as extensive review and oversight by the County Administrative Office. Each year, the community is encouraged to participate in the budgeting process. This year, the public is invited to attend upcoming budget hearings from June 8 through 10 in the County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

“This award is something the entire community can be proud of,” said County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi. “It not only tells us that we do a great job developing a transparent budget, but it also affects our credit ratings because credit rating agencies take the award into consideration when evaluating the County each year.”

The Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. Last year, the County of San Luis Obispo was just one of 11 California counties to receive the award; it also received upgraded credit ratings from Fitch Ratings and S&P Ratings.

For more information or to view the County’s FY 2014-15 final budget, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov.

About the County of San Luis Obispo
Established in 1850 as one of the original counties of California, the County of San Luis Obispo is the largest employer in the area and provides essential services to SLO County citizens. Its 2,800 employees provide municipal services and administer state and federal programs and services that benefit local citizens. Elected representatives, including a five-member Board of Supervisors, work with employees to serve the community to enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of life of SLO County citizens. For more information, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov.