Purpose of the Budget
The District budget document serves two purposes. First is to provide our community and the Board of Fire Commissioners with a clear picture of the services provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, the cost of those services, and the policy decisions underlying the District’s financial decisions. The second purpose of the budget document is to provide the District’s management with a financial and operating plan that complies with regulatory requirements for fire districts in the State of Washington and exemplifies best practices in budgeting and financial reporting.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada presented its fourth consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to CWIFR for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2017. In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan, and as a communications device. This is the second consecutive year that CWIFR has received this award.
A new addition to CWIFR budget documentation is the Budget Summary. This document is intended to provide an overview of CWIFR’s annual budget and financial position in an easy to understand and simplified format.