Budget Award

Aug 22 - mkamplain
Our County
D. Gary Davis
County Mayor

For Tuesday 08/22/2017

The idea that 41 years have passed since our Nation’s Bicentennial in 1976, seem hard for me to believe. This time was one of many celebrations and also a time that movies were in high demand. One movie that became popular was "All The President’s Men” in which we first learned of the phrase "just follow the money.”

In a simplified way of explanation, this is just one portion of a professional auditors job requirements. Many complex algorithms and formulas are used to determine if ‘the books’ are being kept properly and if not, how could a person, business, corporation or government improve their systems. Bradley County has not only complied with a stringent requirement we have received accolades as to how well the budget process and money rules and safeguards are not only followed but also in how our process may hopefully motivate others to do likewise.

In a recent correspondence I was informed by Todd Buikema, Government Finance Officers Association’s Acting Director, that we have for the 12th year, received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The receipt of this earned reward is more than just another plaque to hang on the wall. The Government Finance Officers Associations sent a letter explaining their hope and desire that "our example will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting.”

It almost always seems that the news is seemingly reserved for the most outrageous, outlandish and degrading headlines and then goes from that to worse each and every day. What gets lost is that the vast majority of those across the Nation, just want to go about their day, provide for their family and seek to improve the place that they call home.

Bradley County truly is blessed with a majority of people who seek to always do their best no matter where they find themselves living and working. This is not only true now, but will also hopefully be true for 59 more years until we celebrate our Nation’s Tri-Centennial in 2076. We also do not seek attention nor notoriety but simply do our daily best to "do unto others as we would have them do unto us!” We are thankful for this amazing award and recognition, now for the 12th time, but I am most grateful for our People & our Community. This reminds me of the multiple reasons that Bradley County is Tennessee at its best!

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