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Forest Preserve District Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

District’s commitment to exemplary budgeting, transparency, and sound financial practices recognized

For the second year in a row, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been honored with the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current fiscal year budget. The award highlights the Forest Preserve District's commitment to the highest principles of budgeting and transparency and reflects the dedication of its board of commissioners and staff.

The awards program recognizes governments that excel in producing budget documents that serve as policy documents, financial plans, operational guides, and communication tools. Each year, approximately 1,800 agencies, including states, cities, counties, special districts, and school districts, are honored for their transparency and excellence in budgeting through the award.

The association has also awarded the Forest Preserve District its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 36 times. The certificate recognizes the preparation of annual comprehensive financial reports that demonstrate a spirit of transparency and full disclosure, further reflecting the District's commitment to open government and sound financial practices.

The District's adherence to sound management principles has also earned it a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's Global Ratings.

The Government Finance Officers Association represents 21,000 public finance officials throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its mission is to advance excellence in public finance by advocating for best practices, advancing interests critical to state and local governments, and providing guidance and subject matter expertise across a wide variety of public finance disciplines.

The association established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984 to assist state and local governments in preparing top-quality budget documents that meet guidelines set by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and GFOA's best practices.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County improves the quality of life for all DuPage County residents. Its 26,000 acres of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and waterways contribute to cleaner air and water, help with flood control, create vital habitats for wildlife, and provide safe spaces where people can boost their physical and mental health. More than 5.5 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 175 miles of trails, seven education centers, and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter and FacebookXInstagram, YouTube, and TikTok pages.



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