VENTURA, Calif. – The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the County of Ventura with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This is the first time the County has received the award.
According to the GFOA, the award reflects the commitment of the County financial staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the award, the County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.
“There is a lot of complexity in a budget of more than $2 billion,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Kaye Mand and the Budget and Finance Department, along with our agency heads and budget analysts, put together a budget presentation that clearly and concisely outlined the Board of Supervisor’s financial vision for the County and its programs.”
There are more than 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The GFOA calls the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award a “significant achievement” for the County.
County CFO Kaye Mand and the Budget and Finance Department worked tirelessly to complete a structurally balanced budget and submit it on time to the Board of Supervisors, who praised the work and passed it with only minor modifications.
“I’m very proud of the people on my team in the Budget and Finance Department and throughout our County agencies,” said Mand. “This kind of recognition is a validation of their hard work, dedication and commitment to the County’s financial health.”
The award will be officially presented at a future Board of Supervisors meeting.