Teton County Treasurer's Office. Photo: Teton County

TETON COUNTY, Wyo. — For the fifth year, Teton County Treasurer’s Office has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the presentation of FY22’s budget.

Teton County is the only county in Wyoming to be honored with the award.

“The receipt of this award shows Teton County’s commitment to excellence in financial reporting and responsibility,” said Teton County Treasurer Katie Smits. “This award demonstrates significant evidence of our county using best practices in budgeting.”

The budget document is reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting. A Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is only given if the document receives a ‘proficient’ or ‘outstanding’ rating based on nationally recognized guidelines for how well the budget served policy documents, financial plans, operational guides, and communications devices.

“A lot of time and effort goes into creating this document,” Smits said. “When people have questions about revenues, expenses, or want more in-depth knowledge about the budget, I always lead them to this document.”

The GFOA, based in Chicago, is a major professional association providing top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performances of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

“They have many ‘best practices’ that are used by Teton County as a guideline for policies and procedures,” Smits said.

The GFOA says that award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments in the country.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.