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County of Santa Clara Nationally Recognized for Budget Transparency

The County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award through the Government Finance Officers Association

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— The County of Santa Clara has been nationally recognized for its budget transparency by producing and presenting high quality documents for the community. The County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award through the Government Finance Officers Association for its annual budget for the July 1, 2021 fiscal year.

“As an administration that manages a budget that impacts about two million people, we recognize the importance of transparency,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D., J.D. “One of our missions is to always be accountable to the residents of Santa Clara County and this award is a testament to those efforts.”

“Over the past several years, we have worked hard to add more robust information to the Recommended Budget, so that our community has a good understanding of how their County government operates,” said Greg Iturria, Budget Director for the County of Santa Clara. “We’re extremely pleased to receive this recognition and continue to strive each year for transparency and excellence in our budget documents.”

The award represents a significant achievement and reflects the commitment of the County administration to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines to assess how well the administration’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. There are over 1,700 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA's website.

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, California, making it more populous than 14 states in the U.S. The County provides essential services to its residents, including public health protection, environmental stewardship, medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, park services, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and many other public benefits.

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Media Contact: María Leticia Gómez/Quan Vu,  Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, [email protected]

Posted: December 6, 2021​