St. Mary’s Earns National Award for FY18 Budget Book

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Department of Finance with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY2018 Budget Book. This marks the second straight year St. Mary’s County has received the recognition.

According to a press release:

The Department of Finance has continued its efforts to improve the overall design and layout of the information contained in the annual budget book. Those efforts have led to a second award for the publication. The award is reflective of St. Mary’s County’s commitment to meeting the Association’s highest principles of governmental budgeting.

To receive the award, St. Mary’s County had to satisfy national recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the county’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

The budget book was rated proficient in all four categories, along with the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories. “Our team in Finance worked extremely hard in putting the budget book together every year,” said Jeannett Cudmore, Chief Financial Officer. “I’m thrilled and honored to have received the award for a second year. This is another indication of how our department demonstrates teamwork and overall quality performance.”

To view the award-winning document, go to FY18 Approved Budget Book.

You’re Invited: Join Us for Our Weekly Legislative Update Conference Call

Every Friday during the legislative session MACo will host a conference call that will update you on the Maryland General Assembly hot topics and bills that affect local governments. Join the conversation at 3:00 pm each week as MACo explores different topics and hosts guest speakers.

This week’s topic (February 3): Transportation

MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally will be joined by MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick to discuss #LIFT4MD (Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland), a 2017 MACo Legislative Initiative. Call in for an update on Highway User Revenues, local infrastructure funding, and more.

Conference call information: 1.877.850.5007, passcode: 2690043#

We look forward to your participation! Submit your questions in advance by e-mailing Kevin Kinnally.

Now Hear This: The Environment in Focus

MACo is now featuring a new way to keep your county knowledge up-to-date in our weekly e-newsletter, This Week on Conduit Street.” Now Hear This” is a weekly segment featuring short and concise audio clips from a wide variety of publications.

This week’s segment features “Focus on the Environment,” an independently produced piece featured on WYPR.


Redefining Success in the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Tom Pelton Discusses how when it comes to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, the definition of success is constantly evolving.



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