Government Finance Officers Association Award

2016 Budget Award
Flagler County receives ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation Award’

Flagler County is being praised for the seventh consecutive year for its annual budget presentation.

The Government Finance Officers Association presented the county with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award at Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. The presentation to the Financial Services Department was made by Myriam Lemay, who is the treasurer for the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Flagler County’s 2015-2016 fiscal year budget was rated in four categories: as a policy document, as a financial plan; as an operations guide; and, as a communications device.

“This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting,” said Stephen Gauthier in a correspondence with County Administrator Craig Coffey. “Its attainment represents a significant achievement by your organization.”

Lorie Bailey-Brown, Financial Services Director, has worked on award-winning budgets for the county going back to the first budget that received the award – the 2009-2010 budget under Tom Klinker, the former director of the department.

She and her staff – Tammy Patten, budget manager, and Kelly Freshcorn and Lauren Shank, both budget analysts – are in the midst of pulling together the 2016-2017 budget.

“Staff is mindful of the Government Finance Officers Association standards as they prepare the budget,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “There is some very detailed information the GFOA asks for, and they are looking for a document that stands out above the rest.”