WHEATON, IL — After the tenth straight year of presenting a balanced budget, DuPage officials announced the county received a national award for its fiscal fortitude.

The county received a Distinguished Budget Award from the Government Finance Officers Association, according to a Tuesday news release. A spokesperson for the agency said the award was the highest form of recognition in government budgeting.

Each year, the Finance Officers Association reviews about 1,600 county, municipality and province budgets. In order to be entered into the contest, an area must be a member. Throughout North America, the agency evaluates 21,000 members financial situations.

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Each budget is reviewed on how well it meets the association’s publicized standards as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

DuPage County’s budget was rated as proficient in all four of the categories, a county spokesperson said.

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“DuPage County is committed to fiscal responsibility and transparency when it comes to our budgeting process,” said Liz Chaplin, chairwoman of the county’s finance committee. “It’s gratifying to see our efforts recognized by this national award.”

The award covers the 2020 fiscal year, which began on Dec. 1, 2019. The county’s budget and complete evaluation will be posted on the GFOA’s website in the coming months. Each county, special district or province that has a proficient evaluation wins an award from the agency.

DuPage County saw 15 awards based on the 2018 fiscal year.

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