The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, August 3, 2012
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Franklin County has reaped a prestigious award for its work on budget transparency related to using its website.
The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) announced Tuesday that the county has won a 2012 Achievement Award, recognizing model local government programs.
Franklin County won in the communications category for "Transparency for a Citizen's Dollar."
The county now includes all budget details online, providing the public with easy access to the information.
"It always amazes me the level of competition for Achievement Awards," said James Campbell, VACo executive director. "This year is no exception. Competition is fierce. All 37 entries are deserving but only the best will receive an award. I'm grateful we have outstanding judges because the task to pick winners is not an easy one."
Representatives from each of the award-winning counties will receive a certificate at a ceremony during VACo's 2012 Annual Conference in November. Also, VACo will present awards at individual board of supervisors' meetings.
Other winning counties included:
Fairfax County: "DIT Court Technology Model: Coordinated County and Courts" (Information Technology)
Hanover County: "Motorist Assistance Program" (Criminal Justice/Public Safety)
Henrico County: "Historic County Data Book" (Community/Economic Development)
Roanoke County: "Public Safety on the Appalachian Trail" (Criminal Justice/Public Safety).
The judges for this year's statewide competitive awards program were Tedd Povar, associate director of the Virginia Institute of Government; Marilyn Blake, retired Hanover County assistant county administrator; and William Quarles, former Goochland County supervisor.