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Washington County briefs

January 30, 2008

DSS to receive more federal money



The county commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement between the state and county that will allow the Washington County Department of Social Services to receive a federal match on some of the funding it receives.

Director David A. Engle said he only recently learned about the program that matches about 30 percent of the funds the department receives from the county.

He said the department will receive more than $78,000 in retroactive federal funds under the program and can expect the federal government to match funding for "most of the department's programs."

The department has requested $300,000 in the county's fiscal year 2009 budget, Engle said.

He said the department has plans to increase security at a local family center and expand its school-family liason program that could be helped with the money.

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Budget department receives award



Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray on Tuesday accepted a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

To receive the award, a government's budget must be rated "proficient" as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device, according to a letter from the GFOA.

County Commissioner James F. Kercheval said the award highlights work that has benefited taxpayers. He said the financial plan the county presented for bond rating agencies has resulted in lower interest rates on county debt.

"It has helped us save a lot of money," Kercheval said.

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