Oakland County Captures Coveted Budget Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded Oakland County its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its three-year budget for fiscal years 2019-2021, County Executive David Coulter has announced. The county has won every budget presentation award for which it has been eligible since 1984 when the GFOA initiated its award program. The county is eligible for this recognition every three years because of its multi-year budgeting practices.

“Congratulations to Fiscal Services Manager Lynn Sonkiss and her team for their excellent work,” Coulter said. “My administration will continue Oakland County’s three-year budgeting practices with an eye on retaining the county’s AAA bond rating.”

The GFOA said it established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting. The award recognizes individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

“Oakland County was the first governmental entity in the state of Michigan to achieve this honor in 1984, the first year of the program,” Sonkiss said. “Special thanks goes to Holly Conforti, Ebru Adoglu-Jones and the entire budget staff for their efforts on the program budget document.

“Also, special thanks to Facilities Management Director Art Holdsworth for his assistance in enhancing the capital budget section of the document as well as all of the departments that provided input for their areas. It truly is a team effort.”

To view the award-winning budget document for fiscal years 2019-2021, click this link: https://bit.ly/2m3LDzu.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.