Smith County receives eighth Distinguished Budget Award

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:34am

Smith County has again been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2013 budget document. This is Smith County’s eighth consecutive budget award since its first submission in 2006.


“This award reflects Smith County’s commitment to transparency and excellence as we strive to create a budget each year that is both informative and understandable.”

Smith County Judge and County Budget Officer Joel Baker said.


To be eligible for the Distinguished Budget Award, a county must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines include the budget’s capacity to function as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

“I am particularly grateful for the invaluable work of Smith County Auditor/Chief Financial Officer Ann Wilson and Assistant Auditor Kalisha Boyd.” Judge Baker added. “It is through their hard work that we are able to present the public with an award-worthy budget document each year.”

The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984 to encourage local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America. Their mission is to encourage government best practices through education, training and leadership. The GOFA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in government budgeting.

To view Smith County’s award-winning budget visit and click on the Auditor’s page.


Direct link to 2013 Award Winning Smith County Budget:


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