Franklin County Auditor Tammy Vemmer is pleased to announce that her department received an award for the highest level of governmental budgeting standards.

She was recently presented with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of Chicago.

Vemmer spent many nights working on the county budget at home to achieve the level of excellence, she said.

This is the first year that the county’s budget has even met the criteria to be considered for the award, Vemmer added.

Second District Commissioner Mike Schatz said he thinks Vemmer does a “phenomenal job” and makes the budget easy for everyone to understand.

The county’s budget has come a long way during her first term in office, Vemmer said. Now the budget has much more information than it used to have, she added.

The goal is to make the budget transparent and easy to understand so the taxpayers can have a clear understanding of how their money is being spent, Vemmer added.

For instance, she said the budget includes a description of each county department’s goals and has charts to explain revenue and expenditures. Details about equipment purchases and building projects also are contained in the budget, she noted.

The award was given for the county’s current fiscal year budget, which met 14 mandatory criteria for the award.

“Through your example, we hope that other entities will be encouraged to achieve excellence in budgeting,” a letter to Vemmer from the Government Finance Officers Association states.