Collier clerk receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Award

Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel and Michael Netti, Director of Accounting and Recording, accept the GFOA award with members of the Collier County Clerk of Courts’ accounting department (L-R) Don Holder, Lori Hurley, Johan Granath, and Mikki Koelber.

The Government Finance Officers Association  announced the Collier County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller has been recognized with GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 23rd year.

“Many hours of preparation and development go into the creation of our annual budget to guarantee its quality and accessibility to our community,” said Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel. “It takes extensive research and coordination from all of our departments to ensure that we are producing the highest quality of reports, exceeding GFOA’s criteria.”

The award represents the commitment of Collier County Clerk’s office and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, they had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

·     A policy document

·     A financial plan

·     An operations guide

·     A communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all of the 14 mandatory criteria within each of the four categories to receive the award.

There are over 1,700 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.