Franklin County recently received an award for its annual budget.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

This is the second year in a row the county has received the award.

County Auditor Tammy Vemmer says she feels a “sense of accomplishment” that the county received the award. She said she hopes it makes the citizens feel confident that the county is putting together a good, solid budget that is easy to understand.

The award reflects a commitment by the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

To receive the award, the county had to satisfy national guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the county’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

The county’s budget had to rate as proficient in all those areas to get the award.

When the award is presented to an entity, a certificate of recognition is also received by the individual or department that is primarily responsible for the award. In this case it was Vemmer.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit association based in Chicago.