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Maui Wins Prestigious Budget Award

April 19, 2019, 9:37 AM HST
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Maui Mayor Michael Victorino presenting his FY2020 budget to the Maui County Council. PC: County of Maui / Ryan Piros

For a 26th consecutive year, the County of Maui is the recipient of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award issued by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino notes that this is the first year the the County has received the Special Capital Recognition Award in addition to the budget presentation distinction.

“It takes much hard work and dedication just to draft and manage a budget for a county the size of Maui County. Now, these awards recognize the ongoing high quality of work and professionalism demonstrated by our Budget Office,” said Mayor Victorino

He congratulated Managing Director Sandy Baz, who led the formation of the fiscal 2019 budget as the county’s former Budget Director.

Less than 2% of the 1,600 jurisdictions participating in the Program receive a special recognition on performance measures each year nationwide. In order to receive the award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide and as a communications device.


A budget needs to receive “outstanding” ratings on performance measures from all reviewers to receive this recognition for excellence. This includes providing objective measures of progress toward accomplishing mission, goals and objectives in specific agencies and organization-wide.


The GFOA award is valid for a year. GFOA is a major professional association servicing nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and finance practitioners. It provides training programs, services, publications and other products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government fiscal policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago and has offices in Washington, DC.

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