By Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Nassau County, Florida, May 8, 2023 – We are excited to announce that Nassau County has
been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance
Officers Association (GFOA) for its adopted budget for FY 22/23. The Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award is the highest award in governmental budgeting and is given to counties with a governing body and staff dedicated to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.
In order to be considered, the Board had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for
effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well the budget
serves as a policy document; a financial plan; an operations guide; and a communications
device. The County had to be rated proficient in all four categories, and in fourteen
mandatory criteria within each of those categories to receive the award.
GFOA’s Senior Program Manager, John Fishbein, stated, “To receive the Distinguished
Budget Presentation Award is an outstanding achievement. We have 25 criteria that
government tries to fulfill on its way to receiving this award. So, congratulations to Nassau
The Nassau County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office has recently won their 16th
consecutive GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for their
Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and the GFOA’s Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 11th consecutive year.
Continuing to achieve these awards, combined with the Board’s Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award, shall now make Nassau County eligible for the coveted Triple Crown
Award. This is the highest honor a local government can achieve in financial reporting and
further demonstrates the County’s commitment and dedication to achieving the gold
standard in transparency, financial responsibility, and public outreach.
Clerk of Court and Comptroller, John A. Crawford, stated, “I am very proud of the Board and their staff for achieving this goal. Meeting the requirements and criteria of these awards helps ensure that we continually improve our skills and elevate the quality of work from our offices. The hard work involved in receiving these awards allows us to build a higher level of trust and confidence in what we deliver to the public.”
“This is the first time that Nassau County has been a recipient of the Distinguished Budget
Award”, stated Board Chairman, Klynt Farmer. “Receiving this award is a testament to the
care and attention we place on being transparent through the budget process. I appreciate
the hard work of the County Manager’s office, the Office of Management & Budget and our
Clerk of Courts Office for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars”.
To learn more about the GFOA and the Distinguished Budget Award, visit