The Clatsop County Budget and Finance Department recently earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

This is the second consecutive year the budget department received the honor.

The award recognizes the commitment of the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners and staff to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations.

The guidelines assess how well the county’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. Budget documents must meet 14 mandatory criteria in those categories to qualify for the award.

A total of 1,424 entities have been selected for the award. Clatsop County received the award for the first time last year.

“The Board of County Commissioners and the dedicated staff and management team deserve great credit for this achievement,” County Manager Scott Somers said. “This award is something we should all be proud of.”

The award will be presented to Budget and Finance Director Monica Steele at the Board of Commissioner’s Jan. 14 meeting.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.

Its Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.