Friday, January 07, 2011
For the 15th year in a row, the Bernalillo County Budget Department has done such a great job preparing its 400-page biennial budget for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 that it has won another award from the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.
“We are thrilled to have won this again,” says Bernalillo County Budget Director Teresa A. Byrd. “Keeping track of where our money comes from and where it’s going is the most important thing we do in this department--especially during these tough economic times, in a volatile economy.”
A certificate of achievement was presented to the county on December 16, 2010, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The county met all the project’s 28 complex requirements such as clearly stating the goals and objectives of each of its departments, divisions, offices and programs and detailing exactly where its money comes from and where it goes. It also laid out the significant changes the county’s budget department plans to make regarding its current priorities and why. Seven people worked on the biennial budget for eight months. The document can be viewed on line by visiting the county’s website at www.bernco.gov and going to the budget department’s homepage.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare superior budget documents that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.
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