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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Red Deer County receives GFOA budget award for 2019


Red Deer County is proud to announce they have once again been named the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2019-2021 budget document.  

The document lays out all Capital and Operating expenditures for the County, and details how tax dollars are used to provide services for ratepayers. The document contains both detailed and summary breakdowns of funding sources, policies, and highlights County finance over a multi-year timeline. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Red Deer County has received the GFOA budget award. The Association is based in Chicago, Illinois, and is the chief body for over 18,000 elected local, state, and provincial-level government finance officials. Before a municipality can receive the award, a copy of their budget document must be sent to the Association, where it undergoes a series of reviews by practicing experts in the field of Government finance.  

Heather Surkan, Corporate Services Director for Red Deer County commented, “Receiving this award for the fourth consecutive year demonstrates that Red Deer County takes transparent reporting of our finances very seriously. The County has tremendous staff in place who are dedicated to ensuring ratepayers get a thorough and understandable look at our budget and budgeting process.” 

The 2019-2021 budget document can be found at either by searching “budget” of by using the drop down menus on the home page.  

For more information:
Heather Surkan
Director of Corporate Services, Red Deer County  

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