Marion County Fire District #1 received an award for its current budget from the Government Finance Officers’ Association for the fiscal year July 1- June 30, 2019.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is given to agencies with strict standards of transparency and accountability in their budget process. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an example for other governments across North America.

In order to receive the budget award, MCFD#1 had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for an effective budget. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an agency’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communication device. There are 14 mandatory criteria within those categories that have to be met to receive the award.

Marion County Fire District #1 is a separate taxing authority and independent of the county. It operates under a balanced budget, and has a long history of passing its independent financial audits.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

The Fire District is asking voters to renew and increase its operating levy from 71 to 99 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value during the May Primary Election. Funding would maintain daily emergency operations, hire additional personnel, and replace aging apparatus.

“It took significant effort to win this award, and I want to thank our Finance Department for their hard work,” said Fire Chief Kyle McMann. “It’s important that our community know that we’re deserving of their consideration to renew our operating levy.”