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News Release

Clerk Bock Makes Money-Saving Recommendations
To County Commissioners

Annual “State of the County” report also details County’s financial health

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 15, 2012) – Palm Beach County’s Board of County Commissioners should adopt comprehensive policies to manage both its financial reserves and its operating accounts, Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock told commissioners during her annual “State of the County” presentation on the County’s finances.

These comprehensive policies would provide guidance and transparency throughout the County’s budget process, building the public’s trust in government, Clerk Bock said.

“Though we’re seeing signs that Palm Beach County’s financial outlook is improving, it is critical that the Board of County Commissioners take steps that will secure the County’s financial future and reduce the burden on taxpayers,” Clerk Bock said.

Other recommendations Clerk Bock made to County Commissioners include:

  • Using a strategic approach to developing and aligning the budget with Board-directed priorities.
  • Increasing use of technology such as purchasing cards, pay cards and an automated time and attendance system.
  • Implementing a long-term financial plan prior to issuance of additional debt.

Tuesday’s presentation was the sixth time that Clerk Bock, acting in her role as the County’s independently elected Chief Financial Officer, has offered recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners during her annual review of County finances.

County Commissioners also received the latest edition of Checks & Balances: Your Guide to County Finances during Tuesday’s meeting. Copies also were distributed to everyone in attendance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. An online version of Checks & Balances can be downloaded from www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/countyfinances, and a limited number of print copies also are available for the public at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.

Both Checks & Balances and the financial report to the Board of County Commissioners are based on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, produced each year by the Clerk & Comptroller’s financial division.

For more information about County finances and the financial reports available from the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, visit the County Finances page on www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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