Distinguished Budget Presentation Award



Tom Sunderbruch, Chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors announced today that Scott County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Scott County’s current FY16 Budget.

Scott County is one of only two Iowa counties (Scott and Linn County) to hold the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The County has received this award for the last twenty-one consecutive years. Only 13 of the 1,488 governmental units in the State of Iowa currently hold this honor.

Tom Sunderbruch stated that this award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the elected officials and management of Scott County and reflects their commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

In order to receive the award, Scott County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as 1) A policy document 2) A financial plan 3) An operations guide 4) Communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories to receive this award.

For budgets, including fiscal period 2014, the most recent year data is available, over 1,491 governmental entities have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award nationwide. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide excellent examples for other governments throughout North America.

Tom Sunderbruch stated that the Board designates the achievement of this certification as a high priority. The Board expressed their appreciation to Dee F. Bruemmer, County Administrator and to the County’s designated budget analysts and support staff for their work and professional guidance in helping the county to obtain this governmental budgeting honor.

The budget analysts and support staff members that developed the 2016 budget are listed below:

  • Ed Rivers Health Director
  • Pam Bennett Office Administrator, Sheriff’s Department
  • Chris Berge ERP/ECM Budget Analyst
  • Grace Cervantes Operations Manager, Recorder’s Office
  • Lori Elam Community Services Director
  • Tim Huey Planning & Development Director
  • Craig Hufford Financial Management Supervisor, Treasurer’s Office
  • David Farmer Budget Manager
  • Roland Caldwell Operations Manager, Auditor’s Office
  • Kathy Walsh Office Administrator, Attorney’s Office

The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving over 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

For more information on this press release please contact:

David Farmer, CPA, Budget Manager
Scott County Administrative Center
600 West 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801-1003

Stephen J. Gauthier
Government Finance Officers Association
180 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

December 16, 2015