Finance award

Members of Dawson County’s finance department include, from left, Tiffany Young, Laurie
Whalen, Natalie Johnson, CFO Vickie Neikirk, Rachel Seal, Melissa Hawk and Cheri McMillon

Dawson County recognized for governmental budgeting

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has recognized Dawson County with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget for the third consecutive year.

The award represents a significant achievement by Dawson County. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the county has 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, and a communication device.

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

“We are pleased to receive this award for the third consecutive year,” said Dawson County CFO Vickie Neikirk. “It is a wonderful acknowledgement of a successful budget presentation to the citizens of Dawson County. I appreciate my staff’s hard work in putting this together, and I hope that citizens will find this to be a useful and helpful tool in understanding where their tax dollars are spent.”

County Manager David Headley added, “Harry Truman once said, ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets credit.’ This award recognizes the excellence our financial staff pursues  and heir commitment to the taxpayers of Dawson County.”

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