Knoxville, Tenn. — For the 23rd consecutive year, the Knox County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2017-2018 budget.
“I’m convinced that Knox County has the best finance team staff in the state, and their consistent professionalism is proof of that,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “I am committed to conservative management and stewardship of taxpayer dollars, and finance director Chris Caldwell and his team do a great job helping to keep Knox County on that track.”
“The award represents a significant achievement by (Knox County),” a GFOA press release states. “It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of government budgeting.”
In order to qualify for the award, the Knox County Finance Department had to satisfy national guidelines designed to assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.
The finance department spends approximately six months each year working with Mayor Burchett, department heads and other elected officials to develop the Knox County budget.
GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.