Georgetown, Del., Sept. 26, 2023: Sussex County has another accolade to add to its fiscal trophy case.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, based in Chicago, this month awarded Sussex County the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2024 budget, which County Council adopted in June for the budget year that began July 1. The award is given to those public bodies that have demonstrated an observance of the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to the GFOA.
The award is presented by the same group that has for two decades applauded the County for its annual audit reporting and financial practices.
To receive the budget award, a governmental entity must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, which must serve an entity as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. In addition to the standard fare of projected revenues and expenditures, the documents include an introductory background, organizational chart, narrative on the budgeting process, and outline of the County’s financial policies and goals.
“Sussex County has a long and proven track record of excellent fiscal management, and that starts with each year’s budget,” Sussex County Finance Director Gina A. Jennings said. “We are honored to once again receive this prestigious budgeting award, which is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the public’s tax dollars are managed to the highest standard.””